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Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014, 1:00 a.m.

Strong schools, strong community

Strong schools are an important part of a strong community. “Good schools” are one of the top factors people use when shopping for homes. “Strong public education” is one of the top five success indicators for businesses that create new jobs in our community. So if the vitality of your community is important to you, voting “yes” on school bond and levy issues is your way to support your community and your way of life.
Everett Public Schools is delivering on the need for “good schools,” ranking well above the state average in academic success. They are forming new partnerships with early learning and higher education to improve the entire educational process for our children. They are bringing new focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills that are vital to our local employers. EPS needs local operating dollars to continue their successful programs; vote “yes” for the levy.
Good educational programs need adequate facilities. Our district needs new classroom space for a growing population, and needs to modernize older facilities to support today’s educational programs. Present overcrowding and future housing growth, along with a probable state mandate to reduce class size means capital funding is needed to provide additional classroom space throughout the district. EPS has a carefully developed and well vetted 40-year renovation/modernization program that ensures buildings are safe, energy efficient, and supportive of today’s technology dependent educational programs. Support the facilities needed to deliver an excellent educational program; vote “YES” for the capital bond.
Mike Todd
Mill Creek
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