School board to be commended

(Editor's note: The following is a copy of a letter dated Sept. 24 to Dr. Richard McCullough, superintendent of the Snoqualmie Valley School District)

Dr. McCullough,

I would like to thank you and the school board on behalf of our 800 members of the Cascade Gateway Foundation, and personally on behalf of my family, for allowing me to present the findings of our Exit 34 traffic study to you and the school board.

As you know, the proposed gravel mine by Cadman calls for the use of Exit 34 and would double the amount of heavy truck traffic through future school-service zones.

I wanted you to know that I learned our school district is open, receptive and decisive when it comes to issues affecting our children. The board listened to my presentation with serious attention, quickly comprehended a complex traffic issue and instantly understood how this could pose a significant risk to children at the future school site. Above all, the board took immediate action by alerting the county of these dangers.

I wanted you, the board and our citizens to know that they should take great comfort in knowing that we have incredibly dedicated professionals who not only strive for the best in education, but also truly care about the total well-being of our kids. I commend your efforts and professionalism.

Jamison Chochrek

Cascade Gateway Foundation

North Bend

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