Letters to the Editor

School district needs a change

Bill Burnett is a breath of fresh air for the Oak Harbor School Board and is extremely more qualified for the job than his opponent in the race. Bill has a master’s degree in secondary education and also a baccalaureate degree in physical sciences from the U.S. Navy Academy in Annapolis. He has the background, experience and knowledge that enables him to comprehend the issues and offer solutions.

A few years ago, Bill was publicly addressing the fact that the school district had originally failed to re-roof Clover Valley Elementary during its multi-million dollar remodel. Now, the school district needs to use that re-roofed school for a swing school for freshmen students for upwards of 2 1/2 years during the high school remodel. I’m thankful Bill got the re-roof issue going when he did.

When the district was proffering a huge expansive high school remodel bond, Bill was publicly addressing the fact that school district enrollment was declining and that the planned high school expansion was perhaps too much. Now, the plan and scope of the high school remodel project has been re-thought numerous times and school district enrollment is, as Bill correctly predicted, plummeting.

When the district suggested the stadium should be built before the high school remodel was completed, Bill expressed concern over the plan. Now, his son is one of the freshman students who will end up being bused back-and-forth at lunch between Clover Valley and Oak Harbor High School while the remodel is going on.

Bill’s opponent, who has school-age children, has refused to enroll them in the school district. I trust Bill to be engaged on school district issues much more than his opponent.

Regarding Bill’s latest information concerning lack of open public meetings, why am I not shocked? (Actually, I am.) It’s time for a change. We need a school board director, namely Bill Burnett, who will endeavor to have this school district run in a much more open and forthright manner.

Joyce King

Oak Harbor

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