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Published: Monday, March 24, 2014, 1:00 a.m.
Everett schools

Solid history of accountability

As parents we teach our children accountability — to be accountable for their actions, accountable for their homework and grades, accountable to their family, friends and community. I try to live an accountable life and hope my actions provide a useful model for my children.
As a newly appointed school board director, I spend a great deal of time looking at data, learning policies and curriculum, and understanding the work of our district. Much of this is done so I can be accountable to you, the voters, the people who have the power to make a difference in our students’ lives.
Everett Public Schools has a long and solid history of fiscal accountability for money received from bonds. Every project defined in the 2006 bond was completed. The 2010 technology levy is on track to do the same. In other words, money received from bonds goes toward the projects approved by voters. The district also receives capital dollars from property sales, rent, interest and state matching funds. These have helped complete a variety of additional projects including science classroom upgrades, safety improvements, field updates, a new maintenance facility, and the Community Resource Center.
The decision to put the bond back on the April 22 ballot was a difficult one. I knew in the end it was the right one. Years ago voters made my education possible and now it’s my time to give others the same. As a community we all need to be accountable to our students and give them the best education we can. Join me in voting yes for the bond.
Caroline Mason
Everett Public Schools Board of Directors
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