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Meet The Candidates: Tom Appelbaum & Daniel Brodsky

The pair are among eight candidates seeking two seats on the Parkway school board.

The following information was provided by the Parkway School District and is available on the district's website. Patch will feature a pair of candidates each day this week

Tom Appelbaum

Parkway has made great strides during my first term on the Baord. As an alumnus of Parkway North, and a lifelong member of the Parkway community, I have been proud of this district and the role it has played in the community. It was in this spirit of community that inspired me to organize the parade to welcome home the heroes from the Iraq war in downtown St. Louis in January 2012. It was one of my proudest moments as a school board member to encourage the participation of Parkway students in this event. Parkway is setting a great example with projects such as the largest installation of solar panels in the state, as well as being the first school district in the state to use compressed natural gas buses. As an attorney and MBA, I have been pleased and proud that Parkway has been able to be fiscally responsible, while continuing on course with a strategic plan that focuses on improving the quality of education and enhances Parkway’s role as a vital partner in the community.

Daniel P. Brodsky

 My name is Daniel Brodsky. I have lived in the Parkway School District for over 30 years. Both of my older children attended Elementary, Middle and High School in the Parkway District. And now my 10-year-old son is in Sorrento Springs Elementary School.

During the years that I have lived in the Parkway District, I never aspired to sit on the Parkway Board of Education. That all changed on December 14th of last year. After the terrible tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, I realized that violence in our schools—gun violence in particular—is now a threat to the safety of those whom we hold most dear: our children. The fact that our school district has not yet experienced such a horrible event does not mean that it couldn’t happen.

I would like to serve on Parkway’s Board of Education and work to make our schools—across the spectrum—safer for our children. I would like to stress that I am not an advocate of putting guns in our schools; my plans are far less aggressive, and they should be easy and affordable to implement. Please consider voting for me to join the Board of Education.

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