The most important components of a community’s economic viability are its schools. Without well-managed and high-performing schools, businesses are not able to entice families with children to work in their facilities. As we begin 2014, I’m happy to report that the future of Snohomish County is bright, and I agree with the supporters of the Mukilteo School District’s upcoming bond and levy election, “Futures begin in our schools.” Giving students a great start in safe, warm and dry facilities designed to support their learning will give them a leg up in preparing for a future in our expanding high tech economy.
In Everett Public Schools, our students are growing and learning to very high standards. The educational quality students receive in our district’s 26 schools is drawing families and businesses here When businesses open here, there are places for our young people to work and reasons for them to raise their own families here.
Our schools are successful because we are an involved and engaged community. More than 10,000 of us are registered to volunteer in the schools. We have supported district levies and bonds for more than two decades. School leadership and district elected officials have honored that support with financial oversight, visionary programs and a focus on doing the right things for our students and ultimately the right things for our community’s stability and quality of life.
Every student in Snohomish County should have the opportunity to compete and the only way to ensure that is to provide them with the best education we can. We’re expanding the education infrastructure in our county to support students in preparing for this future, and it all starts in our elementary and secondary schools.
Vote yes for schools on Feb. 11.