I have lived in Clinton for over 30 years and have been a teacher in the South Whidbey School District for over 20. Having a strong public school system, one where critical thinking is taught, ensures that people are able to discern between candidates.
This is the paramount reason public schools are so important, in my opinion. It is with that in mind that I support the incumbents in the upcoming election for South Whidbey School Board.
When educating myself on what issues have been at the forefront of the existing board, navigating the pandemic is the number one situation that has been handled with the safety of our students, staff and community in mind. I am thrilled to be back in school.
I am also grateful that the board supported our return to schools by using science to determine how best to return. I also know the schools’ focus on equity and diversity training helps provide a school environment where children can feel secure, which increases their ability to learn.
The only place I found where the challengers state their agenda is in the voters manual. The incumbents on the other hand, attended the League of Women Voters forum, where they all provided articulate, positive, thoughtful and educated viewpoints on how to best move forward.
What I gleaned from the voter’s manual is that the challengers each have a narrow plan, be it extra curricular activities, sports or school appearance. Each of those concerns are valid, but public schools do not have an unlimited supply of money. One needs to have a larger, encompassing vision to make sure all aspects of a strong, public school system are in place.
That is why I support Andrea Downs, Marnie Jackson and Ann Johnson for the school board positions. As someone whose children graduated from SWHS and currently works in the system, I hope my voice can help those who might be on the fence.