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Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Everett schools

Challengers vow real transparency

It's difficult to change the status quo from the outside. Short of legal actions, elections are the most time and cost-effective approaches. The Everett School District has two important elections coming up -- board elections in November, and a bond vote in February.
Kim Guymon vs. Carol Andrews Position 2: Kim has pushed for transparency, fiscal responsibility and public inclusion in decision making for two years. She strongly opposed the administration building construction and wants director terms reduced to fewer than six years. She has two children enrolled in Everett schools. Carol Andrews has been a director for six years and wants another six. She supported spending $27 million on a building to house administration overhead, and keeping this decision out of the public's hands. Carol has no children currently enrolled in the district.
Rod Reynolds vs. Ted Wenta Position 1: Rod is a vocal critic of the lack of transparency in the district, pushes for accountability, and has the nerve to ask the difficult questions. Like Kim, Rod has a child enrolled in the district. Ted Wenta is a VP for the Snohomish County YMCA. Ted is accountable to the YMCA Board of Regents, on which sits Superintendent Gary Cohn. If elected, Ted Wenta will be responsible for approving Gary Cohn's agenda, and evaluating his performance and approving his salary. Like Carol, Ted has no children currently enrolled in the district.
It's time to challenge the status quo. Vote for Kim Guymon and Rod Reynolds and hold our leaders accountable, and make the best of our tax spending.
Carl Shipley
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