CORRECTED: Budget statements from Shoreline School candidates Brady and Fralick

Thursday, October 12, 2017

By Evan Smith

(An earlier post included the wrong statement from candidate Jill Brady. I include the correct statement here, and I apologize for the error. –Evan Smith)

Shoreline School Board candidates Jill Brady and Heather Fralick recently sent statements about their approach to considering a school-district budget.

The two are running in the November 7 election to replace retiring Board member Debi Ehrlichman representing Director District 2 in the northeast part of the Shoreline School District including the Lake Forest Park area.

Candidates must live in the director district they wish to represent, but voters from throughout the School District vote for board members representing all five director districts. The Shoreline School District includes all of the city of Shoreline and the city of Lake Forest Park.

One other Shoreline School Board position is on the November ballot. The other three will be on 2019 ballots.

Here are the statements from Brady and Fralick:

Shoreline School District 412, Director District 2

Jill Brady
Jill Brady

Each year the School Board reviews and adopts District budgets recommended by the Superintendent. 

Since 90% of the budget is dedicated to teachers’ salaries, building operations and transportation, we must utilize dollars efficiently if we are to maintain a sustainable, balanced budget and support programs that impact student learning.

I had elementary school kids when our District found itself in dire financial straits and felt the pain of cutting services.

I will demand transparency and accountability and ask questions until I’m satisfied with the answers.

With a business degree and budget oversight/audit committee experience, I have the knowledge and commitment to provide exceptional financial stewardship for our schools.

Heather Fralick
Heather Fralick

Our district faces numerous budget challenges in the coming years, constrained by state budgets and equalization regulations. Yet, we need to develop a plan for a sustainable financial future.

Using my economic development and policy experience, I will work with our board directors, administrators, legislators, and election community leaders to:

1.) Develop innovative strategies for leveraging existing resources and facilities to support our students;

2.) Fight for hold-harmless provisions in the state’s budget to prevent the loss of funding for Shoreline;

3.) Advocate for fully funding our students’ education. 


Anonymous,  October 15, 2017 at 7:35 AM  

In her previous statement, Brady called for "adequate" funding of schools. Do she still want adequate funding?

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