Beth Minert Runs for Brighton Board of Education Seat in November

The school board secretary seeks re-election.

Beth Minert is one of four candidates competing for two open seats on the . Continue following Brighton Patch this week for more school board election coverage.


Husband, Dan; children, Hilary and Lauren — both attended Brighton schools, from Pooh's Corner through high school graduation.


Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Indiana University, 1971; and a Master of Arts in special education from Eastern Michigan University, 1977; plus 30 additional class hours from various Michigan colleges and universities.


I was a third-grade and kindergarten teacher in the Brighton Area School District from January 1973-June 2005. From September 2005-June 2007 and from September 2008-June 2009, I was a kindergarten substitute teacher within the district.

Government involvement

Brighton Board of Education trustee and secretary from July 2007 to present. I have served on the Curriculum, Human Resources and Health Advisory committees. Currently I serve on the Health Advisory, K-2, IB (International Baccalaureate) Study and the countywide Collaboration and Communication committees.

Community involvement

I am a volunteer at Gleaners Community Food Bank and and schools as well as member and past elder of .

Why are you running?

I decided to seek re-election because I feel it is important to keep the positive momentum and consistency of the present Board of Education. The district is now realizing the benefit of the board, staff and community working together to bring financial solvency to our schools. I hope the momentum continues in order to provide our students with the best educational opportunities possible.

We, as a board, look forward to the rebuilding process. Through the years, our test scores have remained strong, our students continue to flourish, and we have supported the curriculum with the necessary teacher training and new textbooks and materials. Brighton continues to receive great parental support, and they have a role to play in this rebuilding process. It is a time of great opportunity for everyone.

Are there any changes you wish to make?

I hope to be a part of the rebuilding process of our school district. We are beginning our conversation with the public on how to accomplish this through, possibly, a bond issue and sinking fund. We have heard from many that they feel it is important to update our athletic facilities, maintain our buildings and support new technology. 

I would also like to continue the discussion of adding world languages to our K-6 programs. This could be through an IB program or stand alone. We would need to look at our finances and hear what our parents support.

Lisa McLoughlin October 18, 2011 at 11:40 AM
Ms. Minert, Would you please elaborate on your involvement with the IB Study? Thank you. www.truthaboutib.com


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