Introductory statement from unopposed school board incumbent Dick Potter

Friday, October 23, 2015

By Evan Smith

Shoreline School Board member Dick Potter is one of three Shoreline School board incumbents running unopposed on the Nov. 3 general-election ballot.

Dick Potter

Potter has sent this statement introducing himself to voters. Here is his statement:

Shoreline School Board, Position 5

Dick Potter

Schools are an investment in our children – our future. Our students deserve the best education we can provide. Our state’s founders recognized this when they wrote our Constitution, making public education the “paramount duty” of the state.

I believe that elected officials should be evaluated and held accountable for their service and how well they meet their commitments. Nobody is entitled to hold a public office -- they must earn it and keep earning it. Here are some highlights of our many achievements during my two terms as a Board member:

* Student test scores are up.
* We started offering All-Day Kindergarten for all.
* Communication between the District and community has improved significantly.
* We have implemented software to track student progress so no student falls behind.
* New high school software (Naviance) guides students’ course and post-graduation planning.

* We’ve replaced both high schools within budget. (Thanks to all of our community for supporting our schools, especially through the depths of the recession!).
* We have upgraded many school facilities and fields.
* The Math curriculum was completely overhauled.

* Our budget has recovered despite (the) continued underfunding of education by the state.

* Our teachers and schools have received many recognition awards for excellence.

* We hired a new Superintendent.

I am a Shoreline resident of 32 years with one Shorecrest student and one Shorecrest graduate.

To learn more please see my website, I welcome your input and feedback. Let’s work together to make Shoreline the premier school district in the state.


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