YES! For Lexington. Support Our Town, Our Schools, Our Future.

What Your Neighbors are Saying

“A strong education system in Lexington does more than provide a good education to our children. It strongly impacts our local economy, real estate and culture as well.”
     -- Harish Rao

“We want to support the excellent public educational system of our town, which drew us here almost 20 years ago, and which has served our children, family and community so well.”
     -- Ana and Andy Flaster

“I have been a middle school and high school teacher and am acutely aware of how class size affects learning. The difference between my 17-student class and my 24- and 25- student classes was remarkable. With my 17-student class, I could give nearly every student individual attention during each class. This was impossible in the larger classes.”
     -- Jon Dreyer

“Education is important, to our own kids, or after they have left Lexington, to others’ children. There's a Chinese saying: People before plant trees, so the people after can enjoy the shade! People before us planted trees for our children, now we must continue [to] plant trees for people [who] come after us!”
     -- Sophia H. Ho

“I know first hand the importance of class size. Overcrowd[ed] classrooms have long term effects on learning. Children do not get to do a grade over. They deserve the best possible learning environment. Research continues to bear this out... teacher/ student ratio is the first priority for teachers and parents.”
     -- Barbara E. Manfredi

“Our family recently relocated to Lexington from Southern California, where the vast majority of public schools experience overcrowding and large classroom sizes. Budget constraints hampered the school districts' ability to address the issue for several years, so the problem became even more pronounced as the aging infrastructure was forced to absorb ever-increasing class sizes. When my son was in kindergarten the classes were so large that teachers relied heavily on parent volunteers to assist in the classroom on a daily basis. Some classes and programs were held outside because there was no room inside the building. As a result of the stress associated with overcrowding many of the best teachers left, and families either had to stick it out by supplementing their children’s education with private tutors, pay for private schools, or move. Clearly, Lexington is not in the same situation and we are thrilled to be in an area where public education is so highly valued (and funded). I absolutely support the debt exclusion to fund the projects necessary to alleviate overcrowding and prevent large classroom sizes - we can't wait. The longer we wait to address these issues the more expensive the problem becomes (for everyone) - both in terms of the money that will be required to fix it, and in the quality of teachers and overall education that our children receive. Not to mention the decline in property values that will impact everyone in the town, not just the families with school-aged children.”
     -- Eileen Pattinson

“As a parent of one child in the school system and another one joining next year, I have seen first hand how overcrowding affects their educational experience. From larger classes to music classes in the cafeteria, the issue impacts my children daily, and [I] hope that as a community we can step up to fix the problem.”
     -- Mark Cautela

“Our children benefited greatly from their Lexington educations. Now that we are (extremely) senior citizens, we think it's important that today's children have the same opportunities.”
     -- Edith and Frank Sandy

“We are often hearing about what our children “can’t’ do, but that other classes “can” do, because gym is taking place in the cafeteria, art or music is happening in the classroom, or (worst of all) they are reading quietly in the hallways because the classroom is needed for some other activity.”
     -- Sarah C Felton

“Private school should not have to be the answer to having appropriate sized classrooms and a full curriculum. Making the right decisions that will help our children now is crucial - they only get to be kids once.”
     -- Julie Callahan

“We cannot deliver quality educational programming in buildings that don't adequately house the town's children. Investing in our children is the wisest expenditure the town can make.”
     -- Scott Burson

“I value the education my three children are receiving through LPS. I want the quality of education to remain high for them and for others. Increased capacity at the middle and elementary schools is essential and valuable.”
     -- Pamela Tames

“As a senior, whose kids went through the Lexington Schools, I feel an obligation to continue our fine reputation for the students of today. And, the cost in which I invest now will come back to me if, or when, I sell my home in later years.”
     -- Elaine Dratch

“We need to expand capacity not only at the elementary levels but also at the middle schools in order to absorb the greater numbers of elementary school children.”
     -- Abhi Gupta

“Our schools are great. Let's keep them that way and not get on a slippery slope!”
     -- Yue Pan

“It is critical for our children, schools, and town.”
     -- Amy Selinger

“Lexington is known for its quality schools. If we fail to provide the SPACE for those schools and students, then the schools will no longer be known for quality but merely quantity.”
     -- Lee Webster

“Like many, we no longer have children in the schools. But just as others supported the schools while our children were there, we will continue to support the Lexington schools so that those who follow us will be able to enjoy the same benefits.”
     -- Wendy and Hank Manz

“The excellent Lexington school system is a major reason why our home valuations have been resilient and strong. This is an investment in our most important asset - our kids!”
     -- Eran C. Strod

“We moved here for the schools, the community, and the access to green space and fresh air. These 3 things are what make civic society civic. Our kids are our future. If they are educated in a thoughtful, expansive, and generous way, we have a fighting chance.”
     -- Nita Sturiale

“This is required. We have to maintain adequate capacity for the burgeoning student population. I have spoken with many of our PCT 2 residents and they all agree. I, as a Town meeting member do support this fully.”
     -- Syed Rizvi