About Judy

judy-vertcropAlong with my husband Rod, we are the proud parents of three children – Erin (age 26), Andrew (age 24), and Meghan (age 22). We have lived in Lexington for 27 years, originally on Audubon Rd and now on Currier Court.

Prior to being a full-time mom, I worked as a clinical laboratory supervisor for a regional reference laboratory at the West Roxbury Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and in Clinical Chemistry at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I also enjoyed being a docent tour guide for Boston By Foot. I completed my MBA when my son was a toddler. When my youngest graduated from Harrington, the school offered me a stipend for three years in order to continue my Coordinator role in its Big Backyard program.

I relish the roll-up-your-sleeves volunteer culture Lexington so heartily embraces. I enjoy family time on the Cape, gardening, all things arts and crafts, skiing, walks in the woods, sharing clinical case stories with my two oldest, listening to my son make music, and eating my aspiring chef-daughter’s brownies.

Prior to joining the School Committee, my energies have been focused on how my strategic and organizational planning skills can best move Lexington forward. These include public health issues such as pedestrian and mass transit transportation, air quality, and infrastructure design; promoting science, math, and history; and my children’s interests in debate, music, school sports, and synchronized skating.

School Committee (2014-17) – First Term

 It has been an honor to serve Lexington’s students, schools, and community since 2014. I have worked to:

  • Add needed classroom space at all 10 school buildings, PreK-12
  • Chair Policy Subcommittee – including creating new policy and revising entire Policy Manual
  • Create a Finance Subcommittee – to support the LPS $100,000,000+ budget and improve transparency
  • Hire and support Dr. Czajkowski, voted Best Superintendent in MA by MA Association of School Superintendents
  • Co-Chair School Master Planning Committee (2014-15) – where the LPS capacity problem due to overcrowding and building conditions was first quantified
  • Serve as Liaison to the Permanent Building, 20/20 Vision, Human Rights, and Superintendent’s Student Assignment Committees
  • Establish and support Lexington Coalition – Youth Initiative
  • Served as former liaison to PTA/PTO President’s Council, Site Council Roundtable 
  • Ratify effective Collective Bargaining 
  • Serve on the Cary Memorial Library Board of Trustees

With this experience, I will continue to:

  • Be fiscally responsible and accountable
  • Address enrollment and facilities demands
  • Support student mental health and wellness, rich academic curriculum and exceptional faculty, staff and administrators
  • Prioritize the needs of the whole child by embracing both academic and social-emotional learning environments – including:
    • Lowering Stress
    • Implement later high school start times
    • Revise Homework Policy

Efforts to Support Lexington

1) Town Committees:

  • Town Meeting Member, Precinct 5; 2014-present
  • Transportation Safety Group; 2015-present
    • Safe Routes To School liaison
  • Safe Routes To School Coordinator; 2005-present
    • Maintains active programming, donations, and communications; coordinates volunteers; chairs monthly meetings; serves as advocate with School Administration, Police, Public Works, Engineering, School Committee and Selectmen
    • Program includes all 9 public schools (7150 students)
    • Successfully passed Town Meeting School Bus Subsidy Article 2012
    • Recipient of 4 awards and 3 grants
    • Co-founder of annual Lexington Bike Walk ‘n Bus Week; May 2013-present
    • Lexington Healthy Communities Project grant (Community Healthy Network Area 15) participant, transportation; 2013
    • Panel speaker at 2011 and 2013 annual Massachusetts State Forum for Safe Routes To School
    • 2016 Massachusetts Department of Transportation Safe Routes To School Deb Hubsmith national award nominee
  • Ad hoc School Transportation and Safety Study Committee; Chair 2011-14
    • Charge: increase student pedestrian/bicycle safety and increase school bus ridership by decreasing parent vehicle volume
    • In first year, increased school bus ridership 28% (added 662 students and 4 buses)
    • Successful partnering with municipal mass transit and private after-school programs to meet surveyed parent needs, having over 1000 students participate within three years
    • Evaluated school traffic procedures, signage, communication, school hours, and infrastructure in order to create a uniform school transportation policy that prioritizes pedestrians, bicyclists and buses over vehicles on school property
    • Bi-weekly article in Lexington Minuteman; 2012-14
  • Lexington Sidewalk Committee; 2005-14
    • Charge: advise Selectmen on sidewalk policies; develop recommendations for increasing pedestrian activity and reducing traffic
    • Annual budget of $200,000-700,000
    • Chair 2011-14
  • 300th Anniversary Celebration; 2012-13
    • Worked as a costume seamstress
    • Contributor to the Historical Society Quilt hanging in the Community Center. My square represents the first Normal School, now Framingham State University and my undergraduate alma mater
  • Estabrook Task Force; 2011-12
  • Lexington No Idling Committee; 2004-8
    • Successfully passed Town by-law regarding vehicle idling
    • Created student and citizen educational campaign

2) PTA Committees

  • Harrington School Site Council, Lexington MA; Community-at-Large member; 2009-2014
  • Lexington High School Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Co-Chair Tournament Dining & Executive Board; 2004-7
  • Lexington Permanent Building Committee, Liaison for Construction of new Harrington School; 2000-2002
  • Harrington School PTA, Lexington MA; 1995-2005
    • Co-President and member of PTA Presidents Council
    • Co-author 3-year School Improvement Plan “Harrington Builds”during new school construction
    • Co-chaired School Move
    • Chaired Big Backyard 1999-2009
    • Initiated 5 new Committees
    • Awarded 3 grants
    • New Playground Committee where 200 Harrington parents designed, financed and built a $65,000 structure
  • Preschool PTA, Co-Chair Summerfun, Winterfun, large children’s games storage; 1992-2012

3) Community Non-Profit Committees & Activities

  • Lex Eat Together volunteer; 2016-present
  • William Diamond Jr Fife and Drum Corps, Lexington MA; original member & Executive Board; 2002-present
  • Hayden Synchronized Skating Teams, Lexington MA; Fundraising Chair, Team Liaison & Board member; 2004-12
  • Harrington Girl Scout Troop, coop co-leader; 2003-5
  • Last Nite Lexington, Co-Chair Children’s Crafts; 1998-9
  • Community Nursery School; co-operative school’s Vice-President, Board member, Chair Yellow Balloon Fair; 1993-98

4) Awards

  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Deb Hubsmith Safe Routes To School, Massachusetts award nominee, 2016
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Town of Lexington Safe Routes To School Program, Outstanding Safe Routes Leadership – for significant contributions to the Massachusetts Safe Routes Program; 2012
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Town of Lexington Safe Routes To School Program, Creativity and Innovation Award; 2009
  • Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency, Town of Lexington Safe Routes To School Program, Improvements made through Piloting Safe Routes To School Program at the Bridge School; 2006

5) Awarded Grants

  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Lexington Safe Routes To School & Lexington DPW; School Zone Evaluation -$6,800; 2013
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Lexington Safe Routes To School; Bicycle Racks – $8,245; 2011-12
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Lexington Safe Routes To School: Infrastructure Improvement Plan, Bowman School – $455,000; 2009-11
  • Lexington Education Foundation, Lexington Elementary Schools; Big Backyard Revisions -$18,000; 2008-9
  • Lexington Education Foundation, Harrington School; Family Math Program – $4,000; 2001-2
  • Lexington Education Foundation, Harrington School; Big Backyard Program – $7,000; 1999-2000

Education

  • Master of Business Administration, University of Massachusetts Boston, 1993
  • Board Certified Medical Technologist by American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1983
  • Bachelor Degree in Medical Technology, Framingham State College, 1983

Work Experience

  • Big Backyard Coordinator, Harrington School, Lexington, MA; 2005-9
  • Supervisor Clinical Laboratory Regional Reference Center for Flow Cytometry, West Roxbury Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, West Roxbury, MA; Developed and managed department; 1985-1990
  • Clinical Chemistry and Special Chemistry, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA; 1983-1990