Please: Wear Purple!

Show your support for my candidacy, the generousity of BHSD taxpayers, and for our high school students!

I've been asked to present myself as a candidate for BHSD Trustee and to offer full disclosure as to my goals and priorities if elected.

My dual purpose is to provide financial oversight for BHSD taxpayers and to maximize eduational benefit to our resident students and those non-resident students who are eligible to attend BHSD schools.

I opted to run for the 2-year partial term for a couple of reasons:

First, the two years runs concurrent with the period of transition for high school students and second, with the time-line for construction of the new high school at the Andover site. 

I would like to be in a position to participate in decision-making as to optimizing the transition experience for students.  As a district, we must make it as comfortable and smooth as possible for them.  Second, to providing financial oversight for the bond program and for the construction of the school.  This project must come in on time and within the pre-determined budget of $79-million.  Our contractors and vendors must keep their pencils sharp so that the taxpayers of the BHSD get the best possible value for their contribution.

My goals include:

Two-way communication with fellow residents and taxpayers.  At this critical juncture in our school district's history, we must make available data for discussions and decision-making.  We must get the facts to the entire community to facilitate meaningful dialogue.  Currently, I use various channels to send messages and receive input from a diverse population within the BHSD attendance area.  I am uniquely qualified to bring unity to our school community in that I am in regular communication with so many residents with differing points of view.  I would advocate for better use of BHSD-cable TV for communication purposes.

Providing financial oversight for the construction currently underway.  The new high school must be delivered on time and within the $79-million budget.  Again, I am uniquely qualified, in that construction budgets and scheduling are common themes in my home...I have been married for 36 years to Don Greenwell Jr.,  Senior VP Walbridge, P.E., Civil Eng. MSU 1974.  Time is money in construction.  Delays are not acceptable.  Sinking fund dollars must be used to keep existing facilities in top-notch condition, in accordance with the wishes of our taxpayers.

Decisions must be made as to the future use, sale or other disposition of various un-used or underutilized district assets.  I expect this to occur over the next two years.  I beleive these decisions should be made with taxpayer approval.

Continued focus on academic achievement and education outcomes, including those involving students with special needs.  I would like to challenge our administration to improve the state and national rankings of the BHSD.  Our graduates need to be prepared to compete on a global stage.

Making community participation in school board meetings more palatable.  I believe that more opportunities for public comment should be included in meeting agendas.  I believe that the best way to make good on the promise of listening to the public is to allow the public to speak.  Some local boards allow public comment at the beginning, end and prior to each vote on an agenda item. 

I believe that the role of the school board Trustee is to provide financial oversight for the taxpayers who provide funding, and that Trustees must challenge the adminisration of the district to perform efficiently and effectively to produce the best possible education outcomes for all students.

As a taxpayer and parent of three BHSD grads, I would like to demonstrate my respect for fellow taxpayers, and thank them for their generous funding to our school district. 

As a Trustee, I would like to promise to do my very best to work with the board and administration to bring in the best possible value for those tax dollars, in terms of academic excellence and on-time delivery of the new high school facility.

Why wear purple?  Purple and Black are the colors chosen by students to represent the new single high school.  Wear purple, to show your support for our students, and for our schools.  It was never easy to be a teen-ager, and the next two years will be particularly challenging for many.  Please plan to unite, as a community, in support of our students, our schools and our neighborhoods.  We are one community and we have always supported our schools.

Wear purple to show your respect and gratitude for the generous taxpayers of the BHSD.

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Jon September 20, 2012 at 01:25 AM
The last part of question 6...how will you work effectively with the Board members you worked to recall?
Jenny Greenwell September 20, 2012 at 01:39 AM
I would hope they (incumbants) would be interested to hear what those who signed the recall petitions have to say!
Ken Jackson September 20, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Ms. Greenwell, Thank you for answering. As a parent, I am very relieved about 1 and 2 and would urge you to respond to supporters when they go over the top. It is not helpful to a district trying very hard to repair itself to have a candidate whipping up that kind of political anger. It certainly wouldn't be helpful for a board member to do so. On #5 I will compile statements made on Patch by 2020 members and their supporters who regularly invoked the "Academy" idea to deliberately distort the Administration's position on the bond issue; I am glad you see now no particular value in them. #6 -- I am glad it was a useful experience for you. I do not believe, however, it was good for the community. I also still would like to hear you talk about how you work with the board members you sought to recall. That, it seems to me, deserves a blog post in and of itself.
Timothy September 20, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Pot calling the kettle black Linda, you too frequent the blogs.
S Sera September 22, 2012 at 01:16 PM
For those who are truly community minded, this is another valid reason to wear purple. Watch For The Purple Ribbons Help to raise awareness and fight domestic violence in our community. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and beginning October 1st, you will start to see purple ribbons around town. This is part of the JCADA (Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse) kick off activity for a year-long Take the Message Home initiative, sponsored by the Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit. In October, walk into any participating community institution to see a "Stand Up Against Domestic Abuse" poster and pick up a purple JCADA ribbon to show your support in fighting domestic violence in our community. You can also upload our Jewish D Stands Up Against DV thumbnail for Facebook and Twitter. Click here for more information, or friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


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