Thursday, January 30, 2014

For every law, there's an attorney waiting to be paid to tell you how to get around it....

"The primary source of funding (for the new district office) came from the State Construction Assistance Fund"

~Caroline Mason - newest Everett School Board Director in a letter to the Herald to "set the record straight".  She spoke at a school board meeting in support of the new administration building as a member of the public in June 2011. 

Perhaps the state thinks the Central Administration Building really IS a "Community Resource Center" because the law is pretty clear that the state matching funds she says were used are NOT eligible to construct "Central Administration Buildings".  

State Construction Assistance money is NOT eligible for district office buildings. They probably paid a LOT of money to an attorney to figure out a way around the law.   Some have suspected that their weird insistance that it be referred to as a "Community Resource Center" is the thing that the attorney told them made this possible.  Who calls a district office a "Community Resource Center"?  I wonder how many people (the 12 who might actually need to go there) drive around that building looking for the District Office because the sign out font says, "Community Resource Center"?  It's truly the most bizarre name ever for a district office building.   

Legal? Perhaps in the opinion of their favorite attorney. Barely legal, if at all? Absolutely - but who has the money to challenge them? Best use of funds when we have schools with desperate needs? Nope.  Will they do it to the public again?  That's for the public to decide on February 11.  

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Vote For Everett Schools

On February 11, Everett School District voters will be asked to vote on both a bond and a levy.  The bond will be the biggest ever requested by the district to the tune of a QUARTER OF A BILLION DOLLARS.  The levy, despite increased funding from the McCleary Decision which mandates full funding of education in the state by 2017, is still at the maximum allowable level by law for the full term of the levy (through the 2018-2019 school year)

Since the district traditionally asks voters in February rather than during the August primary, they can get away without providing any opposing views to the vote (thanks to the absence of a county voter's pamphlet) and can, therefore, blanket voters with emotional pleas and platitudes about the necessity of the money and that it's "for the kids".  

Voters, traditionally not wanting to be labeled as "anti-education" or, worse, "anti-teacher", blindly say "yes" to avert the public financial disaster they fear will happen (it won't). 

So, naturally, the information you get from the school district (the one benefiting from your YES vote) is going to be very shallow and thin and full of feel-good  messages and phone calls from your local PTA mom. 

We decided to appoint ourselves to provide deeper information through our website  Our message is not to just blindly vote "No".  We ask you to vote INFORMED.  You need to know what's been happening with YOUR money the last few years.  You need to know where the district's priorities are.  As the saying goes, you find out what someone's priorities are when you look at their checkbook.  You need to decide if your money is being spent in the manner you think it should.  

Please go to our site at and READ.  After reading through, you may decide that you still want to give the district your tax dollars - and that's okay.  But, your vote should be one based on information and not platitudes.

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