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