For schools, Kelso and Sealby
As a Wenatchee resident who desires a transparent and responsible school district, I support Robert Sealby and Ryan Kelso for the Wenatchee School Board. These involved parents and community members share a desire to help set goals for continuing school district educational excellence and improvement. Ryan and Robert both offer a professional, outside-the-educational box approach that is needed. With backgrounds outside the institution of professional public education, they both offer fresh ideas and insight that will improve the performance of the board, the schools and the entire district.
Events of the past few years raise concern and point to a lack of oversight in the Wenatchee School District, and illustrate the need for School Board changes. The drowning death of a WHS student in a PE class and the attempt to terminate a state champion cross-country coach because of administrative conflict are but two instances showing dysfunction in the schools. The documented lack of all WSD schools to meet yearly reading proficiency levels as recently as 2011 illustrates the need for change in undeniable detail.
Public schools should be responsible and transparent to the folks they serve. Local school boards are elected to ensure that every district action leads to student achievement and excellence. The Wenatchee School District, led by a board that refuses transparency and continues to show little concern about improvement, needs change. We don’t need board members who are career district employees. We don’t need candidates hand chosen to rubber-stamp administrative decisions. We need a transparent, responsible board that will be accountable to our community and most of all, our children. Voting for Ryan Kelso and Robert Sealby will help do this. Please join me in doing so.
Well done, land trust
It is a point of great pride for our region that we can support an organization like the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. I appreciated the words of Rufus Woods in regard to the kind of leadership that has guided the organization from the beginning to the present day. They may be “calm, low-key and thoughtful” in their leadership style, but they have also demonstrated a keen strategic mindset, and they have been willing to develop and pursue big goals and take big risks. They know how, and are not afraid, to ask for money and for volunteer help. These are people who truly “work hard and play hard.” They are well-supported because they are very clear about their mission, communicating who they are, what they believe in, what they love to do, and they do all all of this with enormous energy and integrity.
One thing that is also very true about the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is that it has blossomed at a time when many people, from across generational, ethnic, socio-economic and political lines, are hungering for shared community, bound by a philosophical and ethical commitment to something larger than themselves … in this case, working alongside others who are passionate about protecting and preserving our earth, and in particular, our region’s beautiful natural environment. It’s getting tougher and tougher to find organizations of any kind that can truly bring diverse people together in a common purpose.
It’s heartening to know, but not surprising, that many more young people are getting involved in the CDLT, a very hopeful sign for our region’s future. It’s been because of people like Susan Ballinger, who has touched and influenced the lives of so many people, young and old, and every age in between, with her work and commitment as a teacher, a naturalist, and just as an amazing human soul, for her critical insight that people need to have places to restore their spirit and their hearts, by connecting with nature. Well said Susan, and well done CDLT!
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