Hold school board meetings later

“Board meetings will be scheduled in compliance with the law and as deemed by the Board to be in the best interests of the District and community.” This is the first line of Everett School District Policy 1400, which governs school board meetings in the Everett School District.

I believe that it would be in the best interest of the community to have school board meetings at a time of day when people who want to attend are able do so.

It is difficult for most parents and community members to attend a school board meeting that starts at 4:30 p.m., due to work and child-care issues.

The Everett School District is one of the only districts in Western Washington that has these early meetings. All of the districts surrounding that Everett School District have meetings at 6:30 p.m. or later.

If school board meetings started at around 6:30 p.m., I am confident that more people would be able to come and make comments to the board on issues important to them.

School board meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. at the Everett School District’s Educational Service Center, 4730 Colby Ave. in Everett. The next meetings are May 13, May 27 and June 10.

Changing the school board meeting times to 6:30 p.m. or later will allow active community participation in our schools, and this benefits everyone.

Trevor Hittle

Student, Henry M. Jackson High School

Mill Creek

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