How utterly disappointed I am to see CKSD completely ignored voters’ expectations, the Legislature’s $10.2 million additional funding, and the State Supreme Court’s mandate to eliminate reliance on special levies to fund basic education. The recent CKSD mailing states “promises made, promises kept.” That may be so, but they’re asking for the same amount, (not $10.2M less), as the last levy in addition to a very ambitious capital bond measure. That’s pretty arrogant and out-of-touch with the community’s economic situation.
Formerly, CK shined with a premier elementary library program. Now testing and tech support for teachers has superseded children learning fundamental reading, research, on-line safety and enthusiasm for reading and learning. Without a solid foundation, our students will be clueless in public and university libraries.
Smaller class size will not help students who are stuck with a curriculum that requires teachers to use a set script and restricts them from employing their creative & proven techniques from past successful years.
Levies may be necessary, but not at the magnitude this district is demanding. New State monies plus return of the lost federal impact assistance should reduce CKSD’s levy request significantly. Sadly, the only recourse is to vote NO on Feb. 9.
— Carrie Riplinger, Seabeck.