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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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Ann November 05, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Mr. Brook, this is very well presented.
Timothy November 05, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Maybe he wishes to only run for a two year term because six years is just too long for him?
S Sera November 05, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Your information about Mr. Herner's children is incorrect.
Margaret Bloom November 05, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I don't know why he is running for two years instead of six, but I think it is great. With his previous two years of service, that would give him a total of four and that is a good term length for a board member. Linda, I'm pretty sure you agree with that as I think I remember you arguing against the six year term. Also, maybe he just doesn't know for sure where he will be in six years and doesn't want to commit to something unless he's 100% sure he can fulfill that obligation. Again, great! Finally, maybe he sees a very specific need that he can fill on the board right now and just wants to help!
Jenny Greenwell November 05, 2012 at 05:17 PM
The Patch makes it so easy to voice one's opinion. Why doesn't Mr. Herner speak for himself? Former BHSD Trustee Martin Brook submitted this endorsement, and I don't recall that Brook ever voted against any of the bizarre, wasteful initiatives proposed by former Supt. Steve Gaynor during his board service. Now, Brook endorses Rob Herner, who does not seem to like to speak for himself. If BHSD voters want more of the Gaynor agenda, (new construction, at any cost) they should listen closely to what Martin Brook has to say. Personally, I think we need to change our board, and change the direction that our formerly-fine school district is taking. We need to put student achievement ahead of new facilities, and we need to make sure we attract and retain talented, hard-working teachers, and thin the ranks of consultants! My name is Jenny Greenwell, Candidate for BHSD Trustee, and my goal is to make taxpayers and students proud to live in the BHSD...as they were, prior to 2002. Let's put the "Gaynor years" behind us, once and for all.
Mac November 05, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Mr. Gaynor has been gone two years. Ms. Day was on the Board that chose his replacement. Neither Mr. Herner nor Ms. Berndt were on the Board during Mr. Gaynor's tenure. It is time to address today's issues, not yesterday's.
Jenny Greenwell November 05, 2012 at 05:43 PM
"Mr. Gaynor" left a wide swath of waste and destruction, and a legacy of loyalists who continue to force his agenda upon all of us. His agenda was to re-build the facilities of this district from top to bottom, bottom to top, and sideways. He brought along his own "pet" consultants and contractors, including Fielding Nair. NOTE: Take a peek at what's going on at WLN these days.... Meanwhile, our students have been neglected, along with our existing facilities. Ask yourself: Is the BHSD "better off" today than it was in 2002? Is our enrollment higher or lower? Do people still move here "for the schools?" Or do they move AWAY because of the schools? Our district is in shambles, and that is a shame. Who brought shame to our district? The Trustees who failed to FIRE Steve Gaynor. Some of those trustees are still around, still advancing the Gaynor agenda, endorsing those "insiders" who have proven their loyalty. That is truly a shame. It will take a decade or more to clean up the mess, and that's only if we get started, NOW. Today's issue is that the BHSD is not respected, not elite, and not superior. We are simply well-funded, by generous local taxpayers who want good schools, not necessarily NEW schools. They understand the difference. Students and taxpayers deserve better. To get better, we need a better board. Elect Greenwell (2-yr) Moigis (6-yr.)
S Sera November 05, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Linda, I did not offer up speculation on why Mr. Herner is running for two years. What I did do was tell you that your information about his children is wrong. I do believe that you asked for an answer to that question, and though I am not the letter writer or Mr. Herner I felt confident in answering that question so that you didn't need to worry about it all day. Given your often advocation for Mrs. Greenwell though I doubt you really are concerned with the answer to your questions. I will agree with Mrs. Bloom though, that if you take the two years he has served and add two more years it will be a total of four which is exactly the term length you have argued for. Personally I don't care what his reasons for running for two more years are as long as he works hard and in the best interests of the taxpayers and students.
Mac November 05, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Yes. People do move here for the schools. Many families are paying tuition to leave neighboring districts and come to BHSD. Yes. We are better off than in 2002. We have resolved the problem of the money-sucking high school facilities that are past their usable lifespan. We are consolidating into the facilities that fit the student population. The Mr. Gaynor obsession is old news. Let's move on.
Neal Charness November 05, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Not a chance, Mr. Gaynor is long gone. The voters have rejected your candidacy 3 times along with the "recall" silliness. The bond issue passed overwhelmingly despite all the misrepresentations and false statements by your B2020 group. The district is in "shambles." You ought to be ashamed of yourself. YOU brought shame to the district and we are cleaning it up.
J Arch November 05, 2012 at 07:56 PM
BHSD is in shambles? Really? Wow. That must mean that Birmingham has been wiped off the map since they have more debt, a lower credit rating, less reserves and greaer looming deficits that BHSD. J. Wagner
Amy Benson November 05, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Keep up with the crazy talk Ms. Greenwell, it will just keep you off of our board that much longer! You and the 2020 group should be ashamed of yourselves for all that you have done to our district. The voters have spoken! Go Blackhawks!!
MsMaidstone November 05, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Ms. Benson your own language above also qualifies as "crazy talk" as you put it; and yes the voters have spoken yes after the voters spoke no three times for ill conceived plans. I am sorry that you are so ready to say yes at the first thing that comes your way irrespective of its merits and fall prey to rhetoric and propaganda. Your post clearly indicates that you lack total understanding of these ill conceived plans but that is in the past and you really should look forward.
Neal Charness November 05, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Linda/Ms. Maidstone: Jenny has been encouraged to participate. She is only willing to do so if she's on the board, rather than as a community member. I don't know why but after her comments on blogs and unsubstantiated assertions she is just not qualified. Intelligent voters (you and Jenny have said we have "SMART" voters in our district) don't use the fox to guard the coop.
-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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