Letters to the Editor

Letters | Time to upgrade our school board

It has become clear to our residents that the incumbent school board directors are not representing either all communities across the district, or even their own resident communities.

If our incumbent directors were effective in serving all of our communities at-large, then they would be laser-focused on addressing the most important concerns of our students, parents, teachers, and taxpayers district-wide.

This includes halting the increasing class sizes since they’ve been in office, lowering our student drop-out rates (highest of any Eastside district), increasing our on-time graduation rates (lowest of any Eastside district), solving the wide-spread verbal, physical, and sexual assaults that take place in our schools and buses, increasing the number of students taking the SAT/ACT tests (among the lowest on the Eastside), and joining other school boards who are pressuring the state to restore funding.

They would not be appearing to have private meetings out of the public eye in violation of state law, dismissing student safety incidents, placing bond proposals on the ballot that are so whacky that when defeated they diminish prospects of future bonds passing when we really need new schools built, and residents would not be required to file a Freedom of Information Act to obtain information from them. The incumbents are not representing their own local area residents, either, as they gerrymandered the school director boundaries to protect their incumbent seats, deny Snoqualmie residents director representation, and break up North Bend’s communities of mutual interest.

Yes, it’s time for an upgrade of our school board. We need directors who have time to invest in the role, unburdened by full-time jobs. Directors who are willing to make operations much more transparent, communicate more effectively with us, who can develop a strategic plan whose priorities drive our budget, and are focused on stakeholders. We parents, teachers, and taxpayers have an opportunity to add the clarity, candor, and competence that Geoff Doy, Peggy Johnson, and Carolyn Simpson will bring to the board, so please look at their websites and speak with each of them.

Stephen Kangas

North Bend

 

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