September 22, 2021

Brian McDonald Seeking Re-election to Princeton Public Schools Board of Education

To the Editor:

I am writing as an individual, not as a member or on behalf of the Board of Education, to seek community support for my re-election to the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education.

If re-elected, my service would be rooted in the vision and leadership of our new superintendent, Dr. Carol Kelley, a nationally recognized equity leader, in her important work to move the district forward so that every child is supported.

Throughout the Board’s hiring process, Dr. Kelley distinguished herself as a thoughtful, data-driven leader who cares about people and is committed to undertaking necessary work to honor our district’s mission, “To prepare all children to lead lives of joy and purpose as knowledgeable, creative, and compassionate citizens of a global society.”

Over the last three years, working with many talented administrators and fellow Board members, I have used my skills in finance, facilities, and planning to improve the district. I’d like to build off of the good work of our administration and Board and continue, especially, the efforts to foster strong financial stewardship and planning. PPS has dramatically improved its financial position and is one of 16 public school districts in New Jersey with a “Triple-A” rating. We have changed our budget process, increased transparency, moved from a deficit to a surplus, and saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses. Additionally, we have had declining tax increases over the past two years, with a current budget that includes a 0.56 percent increase in school taxes — the lowest increase in many years.

This winter, we expect to complete the $26.9 million 2018 referendum, which has resulted in necessary improvements to all schools and has modestly expanded capacity in our middle and high schools. Over the next two years, more decisions will need to be made about our facilities to support 21st century pedagogical best practices and to address increasing enrollment.

Princeton Public Schools are recognized to be among the best in the state and the country, and in many ways, our schools are the backbone of our community. I would like to continue to support excellence where we have it and help ensure its reach is expanded to every child. More good work must be done, particularly regarding our obligation to ensure that every child has the opportunity to realize their full potential. I respectfully ask for your support as I seek a second term of service on our Board of Education.

Brian Mcdonald
Journey’s End Lane