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Elect Rob Herner on November 6th

We need to retain Rob Herner on the Board for two more years.

Rob Herner is the only candidate running for the 2-year BHS Trustee spot who has already proven himself to be a highly-effective School Board member.  We need to retain Rob on the Board for 2 more years. 

I mean no disrespect to the other candidates.  To the contrary, I have great respect for each person who has been chosen to serve our community as an unpaid volunteer member of our Bloomfield Hills School Board.  They are good people who care deeply about the children of our district.  The same can be said for those running for election to the Board.   That is why it is often challenging for the electorate to identify who among all the candidates has the “right stuff” to not only serve, but to distinguish him or herself in the School Board arena.   During my tenure as a Board member, I observed what characteristics/behaviors made other Board members particularly effective and influential.  And while they are many, I can condense them into two main areas.

First, you have to possess knowledge that is unique, relevant and in-demand at the moment.  At certain times that knowledge is curriculum-based, but at the present time, the in-demand knowledge is school construction and technology.  Rob Herner is the only candidate running with private-sector experience owning a successful company that handled very large educational technology construction projects.  As a Board Member, he already has contributed his knowledge to assist our District to find opportunities to maximize outcomes and minimize expenses.  We need to retain him on the Board during the two critical years to come.  

Second, you have to possess the right people skills.  I would suggest a humble temperament in combination with a high degree of patience, persistence and a good dose of self-depreciating humor.  The highly influential board members that I experienced acted as co-equal members of a seven-person board and recognized that they were surrounded by equally gifted school leaders, managers, teachers and community members.  In this arena, to be highly-effective, you have to be adept at the nearly lost art of compromise.  It does not do the electorate any good to send the smartest or most intellectually pure person to the School Board if they get absolutely nothing done nor actually influence the course of anything at all.  This has not and will not be the case with Rob.  I have known Rob Herner for years and while he may often be the smartest person in the room on any given topic, he never lets you feel inferior and never displays superiority but he always manages to move the room closer to his point of view.

Rob Herner has the in-demand knowledge and all the intangibles required.  He has been, and if we elect him, he will continue to be, a highly-effective School Board Member.  These are the reasons that we should elect Rob Herner on November 6th.

Martin C. Brook

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-Elizabeth- November 05, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Please stop. Linda, you and I have never seen eye to eye on school issues, but this needs to stop. Mrs. Greenwell went too far with her discription of our school district. Others responded in kind and you are adding more fuel to the fire. Everyone please stop. It isn't healthy. It isn't good for our school district.
MsMaidstone November 05, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Gee Elizabeth after numerous nasty posts of your own all of a sudden you have religion..and are directing it at Linda...why not chastize Amy as well if you are genuinely disturbed. How disingenious.
-Elizabeth- November 05, 2012 at 11:48 PM
So be it.....merit is in the eye of the beholder. I have had enough. It appears, you and I will always disagree except perhaps that I don't look forward to reading your posts and I imagine you don't look forward to any of mine.
-Elizabeth- November 05, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Thanks. The others was a reference to Amy. I could have been more explicit. Amy was over the top too. If that is disingenuous then, whatever. If my memory serves me right, you also have asked people to speak more kindly, yet you have written some pretty harsh comments as well. At times we all get to a point where we have had enough. This is my point. If it is not your religion then so be it.
Mac November 06, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Elect Ingrid Day and Howard Baron as well.

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