Lake Stevens schools

Lake Stevens voters must decide two school board contests between well-qualified candidates.

In the race for position 4, Bill Barnet and Janice Thompson both offer voter particularly strong credentials. Barnet is a former school principal and teacher as well as former city council member and president. As a representative for Scholastic Publishing, Barnet sees what works in scores of schools each year. Thompson is a business person and an active community member. In the schools, Thompson has been a PTA co-president, classroom volunteer and participant in strategic planning. We recommend Janice Thompson with the thought that school systems sometimes have a real need for more of the perspective of activist parents. Barnet’s expertise and enthusiasm are such that, if he’s not elected, some other part of the education system, perhaps a state committee or board, ought to seek him out.

Paul Fountain should be the choice for board position 5. Fountain brings an extensive business background as well as knowledge of the schools as a parent of two graduates and member of district committees. His well-qualified opponent is Roy Dotson, who knows the schools as a teacher, parent and committee member.

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