Letter to the Editor: My choice for School Board

Monday, October 23, 2017

To The Editor,

We have a choice in the Shoreline School Board. We face some significant challenges as funding decreases and the basics required to provide an adequate education increase.

Heather Fralick comes from a family full of educators and school district administrators.
She has experience in education: PTSA member, teacher, and education policy academic.
She has experience in economic challenges: professionally for a city Economic Development Department, and on the Shoreline Economic Development Advisory Committee.
She is endorsed by 3 of the 4 state representatives for the district, among many others.
Most importantly, when elected, she will be the only school district member who is both a teacher and has school age children attending Shoreline Public Schools.

Heather Fralick brings a fresh perspective that the board needs. There has been an acceleration of change in our nation and in the needs of our educational system. Preservation of the status quo is not a recipe for future success. Technology and society are changing fast. The Shoreline School District has struggled to take advantage of opportunities to become more efficient, decrease costs, serve our increasingly diverse students, and improve the quality of education for the future in which our school age kids will live. The District needs Heather's new leadership to find the best solutions to our budget challenges and educational challenges.

Please support Heather Fralick by voting for her now!

Thomas Mercer
Parent of Shoreline School District student
Seattle



2 comments:

Anonymous,  October 24, 2017 at 6:19 AM  

Thank you for this well written endorsement. I agree that it's about time we elect a school board member who understands teaching and learning. Our school board has been on auto pilot for too long.

Anonymous,  October 24, 2017 at 7:15 AM  

On the contrary, Shoreline is doing a much better job at efficiency and providing a quality education than many districts, Seattle included. It looks like you probably have a boundary exception to bring your kids into Shoreline schools, so you must agree.

Heather is very politically well-connected, which is apparent from her endorsements. With those relationships and her background in economics and political science, it seems she would provide a much greater service in running for an office where she could actually impact legislation concerning education funding, rather than an oversight position on a nonpartisan local school board. In addition, having School Board and City Council under the same roof is problematic.

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