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We need transparency on the school board | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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To the editor:

Many of us were upset this past March when we had a very public discourse regarding what many felt was an influence-generating donation in June 2012 primarily from one family in the amount of $10,000 targeted to a single Spanish Immersion classroom.

On June 13, (while the rest of us were busy celebrating the end of the school year), the school board accepted an additional $20,000 for the same classroom of 24 students in the 2013 Spanish Immersion program. That brings a total of $30,000 dollars accepted for one single 24-student classroom and most of it by a single family intent on bringing this program to the district for their children.

While the curriculum is of interest to many families of elementary- age children, the way in which this money was given with the direct intent of circumventing the gift policy (donors should not directly benefit!) still rankles. Protests that the gift policy safeguards were being overlooked or that the program was started clandestinely did not seriously concern any of the current board members.

And now we have an opportunity in one of those board member positions to send the message that we expect better from the stewards of our school district. We have the opportunity to replace the incumbent with someone who is seriously interested in transparency and accountability as a member of the school board.

Please join me in voting for Dale Perry for Bainbridge Island School Board, District 2.

KIM PAULSON

Bainbridge Island

 

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