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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Betty Bond is the right candidate for Position 5

Editor,

I met Betty Bond at a School District community forum a couple of years ago when Dr. Jo Moccia began her tenure as our district superintendent. I was immediately impressed with her intelligence, knowledge of quality instructional practices, vast experience with the educational system, high expectations for student growth, dedication to her new community, and ability to articulate her ideas in a professional manner.

When she told me it was a lifelong passion to be a member of a school board, I encouraged her to file when a position became available. Two terms were expiring for the upcoming election. Unfortunately, she didn’t reside in the defined area where a term was expiring so my term, the “at large” position — the candidate can live anywhere within the school district boundary — was her only option. After much thought and consideration, I decided to step aside and encouraged Betty Bond to run for Position 5.

Betty Bond is extremely dedicated to this, her new community, and we are fortunate she chose to live here. She shouldn’t be penalized for her lack of longevity here, but embraced and commended for what she contributes to this community moving forward. In the short time she’s lived here, Betty has volunteered and participated in a variety of organizations such as Readiness to Learn, American Association of University Women, M Bar C Ranch, Whidbey Camano Land Trust and in the South Whidbey School District.

Betty Bond is an asset to our community and will be an excellent school board director for the South Whidbey School District. Her qualifications are exemplary and she will represent you well, not only in our community but also in the broader context of the region and state.

Sincerely,

JILL ENGSTROM

Clinton

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