September 29, 2021

BOE Candidate McDonald Puts Children and Community First

To the Editor:

We write to share our unequivocal support for Brian McDonald for School Board because through his many acts of public service, he always puts our children and community first.

Collectively, we’ve known Brian for nearly three decades, having met him through volunteer service and our schools. Jon coached with Brian in Princeton Little League for a number of years and witnessed firsthand how he took an “all-kids” approach to teaching and supporting all the children on his teams, which his players returned in-kind with a huge amount of enthusiasm. We all know Brian through various community and civic organizations, and all of our children have attended Princeton Public Schools. We are grateful for Brian’s exceptional service on the Board of Education.

As a School Board member, Brian has shined with his clarity of thought, ability to listen, and a natural talent to lead and manage. Based on his highly diverse and successful background in the business and non-for-profit worlds, Brian has helped deepen and sharpen the district’s strategic and financial planning, while serving as the co-chair of both the finance and facilities and operations committees. The resulting improved budgeting processes and cost-savings initiatives have allowed the district to make critical investments in the school facilities, while keeping tax increases the lowest they’ve been in years. 

Brian has also shown a strong support for the district’s on-going initiatives to recognize and eliminate racism and inequities, as well as support for the mental and physical health of all our children, and the diversification of our teaching and administrative staffs.   

We believe it is critical to return Brian to the Board as the district faces so many tough issues about aging facilities, the health and well-being of our students and staff, and increasing enrollments.  We wholeheartedly endorse Brian McDonald for a second term on the Board of Education, and hope you will, too.

Jon Durbin
Mt. Lucas Road

Tommy and Joanne Parker
Leigh Avenue

Denny Velazquez
Snowden Lane