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Letter to the editor


Brackon will be a hands-on school board member



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April 13, 2011 - Dear Editor,

We all know the Lake Orion Community Schools face very serious challenges in the years ahead, dominated by financial concerns. 

Whoever is elected to the School Board next month will be charged with working together and with the community to chart a course marked by tough decisions, intelligent spending and the goal of positioning our school district to weather the storm and position itself for continuing to provide all of our children with a quality, competitive education today and in the future. 

 Given the urgency of the situation, it is more important than ever to assure the Board has the right people in place to lead the team in making thoughtful, strategic decisions about how to optimize budgets and make the right choices in regard to spending – with a commitment to transparency and keeping tax payers informed and engaged in the process.  I think candidate Mark Brackon, with his many decades of hands-on, real financial experience at Chrysler managing multi-billion dollar budgets in tough economic times and developing creative solutions to solving problems in a team environment – including extensive work negotiating and collaborating with organized labor – is an ideal candidate for the Board.  Combine this with his background as a 27-year adjunct business professor at CMU and it is clear that he brings a fresh, objective perspective to the challenges at hand.

 I encourage voters to elect Brackon to the Lake Orion Community Schools Board of Education on May 3.          

 Joe St. Henry

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