This week’s SnoValley Star editorial resolves little to explain how we are better off with the incumbent board member. The newspaper’s own reporting indicates examples of leadership in crises.
Policy creation, which leads to bond measures for improving our school system, has been dismal for several years.
First, it’s vote for a new high school with little thought to the public’s questions, yet alone a plan to convince the public on why and how this should be done. Next we need a new middle school, which failed. Then our kids can get by with new portables at the high school, only to be told later we need a Freshman Campus at SMS. SMS has to be remodeled and the new high school portables sit while the school district goes from three down to two (congested) middle schools. Now we are being told that a new grade school needs to be built for state-mandated full-time kindergarten, which the district has known for years was coming.
What is the plan? Where is the policy? This is only the facility side of the equation.
Monetary policy has also been lacking – the impact fee debacle caused by the district cost the tax payer money. The last Technology Levy (a few years back ) was disguised as primarily money used in the form of a raise to pay teachers. Labor unrest has literally come down to the last-minute before resolution is found.
Finally, on political policy, we have a lame duck superintendent who wants out and has a backup plan voted by the current board (4 yes and one nay) for a $510,000 buyout or golden parachute if he cannot find another job.
In the eight years Director Busby has been on the school board – are we, students, parents, tax payers, any better off? I believe the record is very clear and to bring about change in leadership I plan on voting for David Spring.
36 year North Bend resident, two children K through 12 in the district, former elected Mayor and elected Councilmember