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Larry Freeman for School Committee
I am pleased to endorse Larry Freeman for School Committee.
Larry’s professional competence, school engagement and governmental experience makes him a well rounded and flexible thinker who will be an asset to and an immediately productive member of the School Committee.
He is the only parent running who has kids in school. Larry’s extensive town and school involvement (Bridge and Clarke PTAs and Site Councils, TMM, SHAC co-chair, LPS CIT, LHRC, Comprehensive Planning Committee) is unparalleled. On the PTAs and Site Councils, he advocates for events and curriculum to foster cultural competence and inclusive logistics for working parents.
I personally have worked for years with Larry in numerous capacities. We have organized multiple events for Lexington’s Human Rights Committee when I was chair. As a member of ABCL’s education committee, he worked with cultural group leaders to advocate for inclusive education to uplift all identities. As co-chair of the Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) he has been instrumental in shaping the subcommittee on Neurodiversity. He is cooperative, kind, and a consensus builder. Yet, Larry is not afraid to advocate for his perspective. I appreciate the integrity and perspective he brings to every initiative.
But compassion is not enough. We also need someone who understands that even Lexington has finite resources and that every dollar must be spent carefully to ensure sustainability and long term growth. Larry’s leadership roles on Town Meeting and the Comprehensive Planning Committee give him an important perspective on the inner workings of municipal issues including budgets. Larry’s decades as a Project Manager in the financial and IT sectors give him the technical skills to engage in the nuanced analysis necessary to make the both short and long term decisions to support the students and long term growth of LPS.
In short, he will hit the ground running which is what we need post pandemic. Let’s not lose the opportunity to have Larry’s talents work for Lexington. To learn more about Larry, please visit https://freeman4lexington.com.
Lexington needs Freeman’s skills, wisdom, voice on School Committee
At the beginning of his campaign for School Committee, Larry Freeman asked that we stand up, be courageous and let our voices be heard. I have now watched him do exactly this time and time again over the past several months while discussing the extremely complex issues facing LPS post-pandemic. Larry’s brave voice, clear vision and pragmatic approach to problem solving truly inspire me.
I’m a lifelong Lexingtonian, LHS grad and 20+ year Town Meeting member and know the commitment it takes to participate in town government in our town. Larry’s dedication to the boards and committees on which he serves is impressive. As a professional project manager, he is a natural collaborator and team player. Larry knows how to “get to yes” when faced with decisions big and small. He is very committed.
Please join me in voting for Larry on Monday, March 7. Lexington needs his skills, his wisdom and, above all, his voice on the School Committee.
Larry Freeman has the character, passion
We are excited to support Larry Freeman for School Committee. We have two children in the school system and know the issues facing our schools are highly complex, and that solving them requires innovative thinking. Larry has put in the years of hard work it takes to learn the complexities of education policy and of Lexington’s school system. He has the knowledge, drive, passion, intelligence and compassion to ensure our outstanding schools get even better.
Larry will successfully jump right into being a School Committee member. He has been heavily involved with the schools for years, from the PTO to helping the town develop new policies regarding our schools. Larry has close relationships with teachers, administrators, the superintendent and current School Committee members. He is heavily engaged in the town more generally too, including serving as a Town Meeting member. All of this helps him understand our schools at every level.
Even before the pandemic, student stress was a major challenge. Larry is deeply committed to ensuring students have the mental health and wellness supports they require. Larry has two children currently in the schools, which gives him unique insights into what our students currently need. That lived experience, and feedback from his children, will be invaluable in developing solutions.
Ensuring our tax dollars are spent wisely, while also enhancing the quality of education is a difficult task. This will only get harder should we move towards building a new high school. Larry’s background as a financial project manager will therefore make him an invaluable member of our School Committee.
Lexington strives to build a community where the needs of all residents are met and everyone feels welcome. This is something Larry excels at. He cares deeply about ensuring every child has their voice heard and feels represented and respected. His background and work in town, both as a volunteer and as an advocate, will enable him to help our town achieve this crucial goal.
Our town is lucky that Larry is willing to take on this immensely difficult role. He is exactly who we need to see our town through our current challenges, and whatever comes next. We are lucky to call Larry a friend, and we know he has the character and passion to do this job right. We hope you will join us in supporting Larry Freeman for School Committee!
Matthew and Juliana Cohen
Larry Freeman for School Committee
I am pleased to endorse Larry Freeman for Lexington School Committee. I have had the privilege to work alongside Larry on various projects, including working with him on multiple years of programming for LHRC’s annual MLK Day Community Conversation on Race. This year’s topic was about The Purpose of Education.
In all my times working with Larry, I have found him to be always polite, respectful and collaborative. Yet, he is also a man who is willing to advocate for his principles and we are all better off for it. We are facing challenging times as we move through the pandemic and I know Larry is passionate about the future of our kids and is not afraid to speak up when needed. We are both parents of kids in the system and like other LPS parents, understand the toll the pandemic has taken on the kids. We need that parent voice on the school committee.
He is also an amazing multitasker. I know that he has been a part of the PTOs, Site Council, DEI Community Input Team, co-chair of the School Health Advisory Council and is a TMM. Despite his many roles in town he always has time to listen to concerns. He is a project manager in his professional life - a job that requires planning and a lot of cost-benefit analysis. We will need those skills to make cost effective decisions for LPS now and moving forward.
Larry’s professional skills, honesty and integrity will make him a great addition to the School Committee. Larry’s lived experiences as a parent, diverse community member and a person who wants to uplift all identities will make him an invaluable asset to the LPS students. I very much hope you consider voting Larry Freeman for School Committee.
Elect Larry Freeman
I am supporting Larry Freeman as a member of School Committee as I think he and his thoughts reflects the ultimate goal and mission of this wonderful town.
Public education to its highest level and inclusion of diversity with respect in all fronts will further bring the society together.
His personal experience as well as being a town member involved in many facets including affordable housing, social justice and else will further help the town not just school related activities but joint efforts in many fronts.
He was co-chair of SHAC (Student Health Advisory Council) where they worked on students stress, mental health and provided support by providing programming and thereby been very successful in building peer mentorship programs. I realized how important the school committee is, so having him as a member will further enhance the mission - education par excellence and inclusion with pride.
Larry Freeman for School Committee
I have endorsed Larry Freeman for School Committee and look forward to voting for him on Monday, March 7.
To function well for the sake of Lexington’s children, it is immensely important to me that the five members of the School Committee work together productively and respectfully, while also advocating as individuals for the issues that matter to them and their constituents.
I am voting for Larry because I sense that he implicitly understands this need for positive collaboration. Larry absolutely has a distinct agenda, one that I support: to preserve academic excellence, to care for our children’s mental health and social development, to support our academically most vulnerable students, and to eliminate unfair discipline disparities that impede learning. I believe that he will press this agenda with a quiet strength and flexible mind that will promote constructive discussion and excellent decision-making among the members of the School Committee and the School Superintendent.
Please join me in electing Larry Freeman for School Committee.
Larry Freeman dedicated to Lexington
I am thrilled to endorse Larry Freeman for School Committee. When I heard that Larry was running, my first thought was that he is just the person I want on our town’s School Committee. Larry is an optimistic person who is dedicated to his family and our town. He has demonstrated his strong interest and experience in town government through his involvement in committees and as a Town Meeting Member. I have found Larry to be very thoughtful about town policy decisions and an active listener who considers the perspective of others. His excellent collaboration skills coupled with his experience in project management make him an asset to a committee. Larry’s dedication to his family and our community will make him an excellent School Committee member.
Support for Larry Freeman
I am writing in support of Larry Freeman for School Committee.
Larry brings much experience to the role of school committee member having a strong background in policy and project management as well as finance.
Having moved to Lexington for the excellent education of his own children, he understands the importance of continued investment in education in a thoughtful, responsible way for all students in Lexington.
He has been a very active member and a positive force for the Lexington community since moving to town. He’s shown his passion for not only mental health issues and awareness, diversity, equity and inclusion, but also for special education and the functioning of the town by being on Town Committee.
Larry has selflessly immersed himself into and proven himself in Lexington to be a thoughtful, skilled leader who will bring new perspectives to the School Committee.
I hope you will join me in voting for Larry Freeman.
Right Person For The Job
Larry Freeman’s decision to run for School Committee could not have come at a better time!
The pandemic has made everything about public schools far more complex. Students, staff, families and faculty will all benefit if Larry is elected. Larry brings compassion, experience and kindness to everything he does.
Larry has the breadth of vision to help guide our community through major capital projects while also centering decisions on what is best for children. Whether we have children in the schools or not, as a community, Lexington is invested in the success of public education.
Larry is right: we must “prepare LPS graduates for success in a multicultural and multiracial global society.” We need our schools to support every child, but we’re not there yet. Having served on the Committee for nine years, I know the work is never done - and Larry knows this too! He will foster open discussion about social and emotional needs, the inequalities in our system and discipline disparities. He will promote accountability and constructive action.
The pandemic has put a bigger spotlight on mental health. Larry can be trusted to advocate for the support that anyone in our school system might need, whether that is students, teachers or staff. The shortage of teachers and substitutes is real, and I don’t know a single parent, educator or school employee who isn’t facing additional strains caused by the COVID public health crisis.
Larry has demonstrated his commitment to community service through Town Meeting, his work with Lexington Public Schools as co-chair of the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), and seat on Harrington and Clarke site councils. He has also been a fantastic advisor for LexSeeHer! His work on both the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC), and the Strategic Equity Advisory Team (SEAT) give him additional perspective over the broad issues facing our community.
I’m excited to vote for Larry, and hope you will join me!
Larry Freeman for School Committee
I am delighted to write in support of Larry Freeman for the Lexington School Committee. I know Larry for many years and he is an experienced professional project manager in the financial industry. This is especially important as Lexington Public Schools move forward with planning of a new high school and Larry’s understanding of the financial impact on residents of Lexington is critical to be a member of our School Committee. Another quality Larry has already shown is his many community involvements (Larry is also running for re-election for Town Meeting Member in Precinct 1). He has very good work ethic; he is always the first to arrive and last to leave in committee meetings and he comes prepared. He has already met with many Lexington residents to discuss their concerns and possible solutions of issues facing Lexington Public Schools. He supports maintaining our high standards for all of our children in Lexington. Larry already serves on numerous school and town committees which add to his preparedness to be a member of the School Committee. Larry has his own children attending Lexington schools. Additionally, he is the friendliest, caring and most approachable person (he is also a good cook) and he really cares about our town.
I hope you join me and many others who enthusiastically support his candidacy for the Lexington School Committee.
To learn more about Larry's campaign positions visit Freeman4Lexington.com.
Larry Freeman is up to the challenge
I am writing this letter to give my endorsement to Larry Freeman for School Committee. I believe that Larry has the experience, knowledge, and compassion needed to be a great School Committee member.
One key reason Larry will make an excellent member of School Committee is his commitment to ensure that all students have access to the services they need. Particularly in these deeply stressful times for students, Larry’s focus on providing mental health and support services is of great importance.
Larry’s background in financial project management is also a central reason why he has my endorsement. Paying for the improvements our schools will need while also maintaining our outstanding educational capabilities is not an easy task, but Larry is up to the challenge and knows how to deal with it.
I hope you will join me in voting for Larry on March 7th.
Larry Freeman for School Committee
It is not often that I can wholeheartedly endorse a candidate for office without reservation. I am delighted to do so for Larry Freeman for School Committee.
Larry Freeman has demonstrated exceptional commitment to Lexington. Over the years I’ve known him, he has taken an active leadership role in varied community organizations, from LexPride to Together We Rise.
Larry is also active in a dizzying array of school and municipal committees. These range from Clarke School Site Council, Clarke PTO, and School Health Advisory Council to Town Meeting, Lexington Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, and Human Rights Committee – and more!
A loving father and husband (and all-around wonderful human being), Larry has all the traits we want in a School Committee member: knowledgeable, smart, careful listener, and approachable. He has good common sense and a willingness to make tough decisions.
Most of all, Larry cares deeply about our children. He will work hard to ensure that every child has the best possible educational experience—whatever that might look like for a given child.
I invite you to join me in voting for Larry Freeman for School Committee!
Valerie Overton (she/her)
Larry Freeman a true advocate for all students
I am casting my vote for Larry Freeman for School Committee. Larry has been a true advocate for all students. He serves on both school committees and Lexington Town Committees. He has the experience and commitment to be our next School Committee Member. As a parent of two students in the Lexington School System, Larry knows the importance of preserving academic excellence and the challenges we have all experienced with the pandemic and the effects it has had on our children. He will bring an understanding and open-minded prospective that our most vulnerable students need. As a School Committee member, Larry will advocate for an equitable and inclusive curriculum, which are essential to enhancing the academic excellence of our school system. As a Project Manager working in the finance industry, Larry will bring a different perspective and provide valuable input into the planning of our new Lexington High School and the funding implications on Lexington residents. On Larry’s campaign website it states under the “What Matters” tab, what matters to him most: Preserving Academic Excellence, Mental Health and Social Development, Special Education and Support Services, Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion and the new High School. These are the issues the matters most to Larry! These issues are what matters most to me! I encourage you to visit his website and learn more about Larry and what matters him and allow him to hear what matters to you the most. www.freeman4lexington.com
I hope you will join me in voting for Larry on March 7th.
Experienced leaders with integrity
Please join me in voting for Eileen Jay and Larry Freeman for School Committee. I believe these two candidates are well-suited to help navigate the challenges most likely to face LPS over the next three years. Both have extensive experience serving the Town and LPS in varied roles. Both are thoughtful, careful decision-makers who are attentive to community input. Both will contribute relevant professional skills and knowledge that will help inform the committee’s deliberations - Eileen with a doctorate in education and Larry with a career in finance and project management. They are excellent candidates as individuals, and I believe they will work well together and with the other committee members.
I had the pleasure of working closely with Eileen on the School Committee from 2017-2020 and can attest to the intelligence, conscientiousness, and honesty with which she approaches every decision. She has played a central role in many of the School Committee’s most important policy initiatives over the past six years and designed and led an excellent superintendent search process that brought Dr. Hackett to Lexington. I have particularly appreciated her steady presence on the committee amidst the turbulence of the past two years.
I believe Larry will take a similarly thoughtful and student-centered approach to the work of the committee. He has served in many policy-focused roles prior to his candidacy, including on Town Meeting, the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, and LPS DEI Community Input Team, and he would bring that experience plus a fresh perspective to the School Committee. I am particularly enthused about Larry’s background in finance and project management, as the School Committee plans for a significant high school project and faces operating budget pressures.
Being on School Committee is a significant commitment that requires more than just going to regular School Committee meetings. I am grateful that Eileen and Larry - experienced leaders with integrity - are willing to contribute their time, attention, and experience to the job. Please vote for Eileen Jay and Larry Freeman on March 7th.
My full support for Larry Freeman
I am writing to give my full support to Larry Freeman for School Committee. Larry is a wonderful parent, friend, and community advocate. He knows and understands the issues facing our schools, which makes him the right candidate for this role.
Larry is deeply invested in ensuring Lexington schools remain among the best in the world, not just for his own children, but for all children.
Larry has been an active member of our community, engaging in a wide range of activities and committees here in town. He is particularly focused on being involved with our schools, including being a part of the PTO in both elementary and middle school, a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community Input Team, co-chair of the School Health Advisory Council, and more. Larry also serves on Town Meeting and is a member of the Human Rights Committee. Larry has an innate ability to build relationships and connect with people in every situation but will also speak his mind and stand up for his beliefs when necessary.
Larry will bring a new, needed, and valuable perspective to our schools. Larry has an extensive knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion concerns that will be invaluable to our schools.
Larry will focus on ensuring students in special education get the services they need and deserve.
Larry believes strongly in the wellbeing of our students, and he will work to ensure that all students have access to the mental health and support services they need.
Larry cares deeply about making sure that every child will have their voices heard and will feel represented and respected.
I have had the pleasure of working with Larry on several projects including Race Amity Day and No Hate November, and his commitment to bringing people together through shared experiences has led to a valued friendship. Larry is exactly the type of person we want on School Committee. He is intelligent, thoughtful, kind, and reliable. Larry is always up for the challenge when presented, willing to learn new things along the way, but he is not afraid to make tough decisions when needed. He is the right person at the right time for our School Committee and our town.
I hope you will join me in supporting Larry Freeman for School Committee!