Letter: Assessments are not in line with school results


We, the people of Whidbey Island, have had our tax assessments go up every year for the schools, and yet our children and our grandchildren do not receive the education that we pay for year after year.

I haven’t been to a school board meeting, but I did hear about the last one and found out we have two superintendents with a salary of $180,000 a year for each of them.

If you have ever tried to contact them, good luck at this meeting. One of them said she works from home.

Guess what? School is not where you live. How can you be an effective superintendent if you are not at the school?

We all need to look into where all of our money is going when it comes to the schools.

They have closed the one in Langley and use half of the elementary school on Maxwelton Road that had half of the classrooms boarded up due to black mold.

But they didn’t block off the air vents, so the air moves from the closed classrooms through the air ducts.

But closing one school only using half of another, we still get tax assessments every year for more money and we see no improvements and less enrollments.

We desperately need to have an audit of the budget for the schools I would say for the last five years; we need the press to get everyone together so we can make sure the money is being spent wisely for our children’s future — not to give superintendents a massive yearly salary, and $180,000 a year is outrageous.

Chris Smith


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