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LETTER | Reader responds to other comments on school levy

Reader response to other’s comments on levy

I no longer have to refrain from commenting on Mr. Mann (and Ms. Welsh)

I was a school employee for 24 years before retiring in August 2011. Over the years, Mr. Mann has made some of the most outrageous interpretations about schools in South Kitsap and ever-negative opinion about our levies.

As a school employee, I was professional and never put an editorial in the Port Orchard Independent disparaging what Mr. Mann had to say. Now as a private citizen, I have the luxury of stating that Mr. Mann has no clue about what it takes to operate all the schools and facilities.

I wonder if he has ever gone to some schools to get the true information. I believe Mr. Mann is much happier putting his twist and negative opinions out there. His latest misinterpretation is that South Kitsap is running an illegal levy. Even though the courts in McCleary, et al, have determined that the state of Washington has the paramount duty to fully fund basic education, the governor and legislature has yet to figure it out how it’s going to do that in its budget. They have until the 2017-2018 school year to fully fund our children’s education. I hope they live up to our expectations.

My husband and I are both retired. But, as part of the community of South Kitsap for 33 years, we also have the paramount duty to help educate our kids until and if the state takes it over 100 percent.

We are on a fixed income too, Ms. Ann Welsh (editorial in the same Port Orchard Independent edition as Mr. Mann dated Jan. 25, 2013), but we will continue to support the kids of this community since they are our future, our leaders of tomorrow and the ones that will take care of you, Ms. Welsh and me.

As South Kitsap School District sets their budget, we must also budget for this levy coming (maybe not so many nights at the movies or eating out). Also, ask Jim Avery about your property taxes — that certainly is not South Kitsap School District’s fault). Not too long ago in the 1950s only 50 percent of the kids graduated from high school. Now it is pushing 90 percent. We educate all our kids, not just the academically advanced as most countries do. This is not the 1900’s, it’s the 21st Century with skill sets needed far beyond those even 10 years ago.

Each school district will continue to rely on its citizens to help them, help our kids. The bottom line is it is well worth the effort to support this levy. How can anyone in good conscience do anything but vote YES?

Jacque Johnson

Port Orchard


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