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October 22, 2019

Voters endorsed as source of school board success
Greater La Conner has two contested races in this fall’s elections: school board districts 1 and 2. Incumbent Kate Szurek is challenged by La Conner Community Scholarship Foundation Vice President John Agen in District 1. Board Chair Janie Beasley faces Marlys Baker, a tribal member and nurse with four children in La Conner schools.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Musings: On the editor's mind
Last week Cindy Vest won the 2019 WNPA Dixie Lee Bradley Award, an honor the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association gives annually that “recognizes newspaper staff members who work long and hard, often behind the scenes, to see that the best possible community newspaper is distributed each week … selection criteria includes a demonstrated record over a considerable time of consistent quality work in any facet of the community newspaper industry including production, circulation, or front office support.” Dixie Lee Bradley, for whom the award is named, devoted 45 years of service to the WNPA and its members.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Musings: On the editor's mind
Our apple pie and salute the flag American values start with standing for the truth and protecting the country. The American way is about truth, first and last, because we know we are the good guys. We are always the good guys. God made us that way, sent us forth to multiply.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Transparency issue clouds school board's vision
At last Wednesday’s school board candidates forum, all four candidates agreed that confidentiality is required while discussing personnel matters. They are right, of course.
Whether considering retaining Georgia Johnson or finalizing Superintendent Whitney Meissner’s evaluation, reaching these decisions must be done behind closed doors.
That is not a breach or a masking of transparency but standard operating procedure for any employer-employee interaction.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

See, call candidates to get answers
Today’s front page headline urging ALL La Conner School District residents to attend tonight’s District 1 and 2 director candidates forum uses all caps to get your attention. That is a poor fix for the error made here last week, when the editorial wrongly focused on urging Fidalgo Island voters in Districts 1 and 2 to attend the forum. 
Wrong: In Washington all voters in a school district vote for all directors. That is an at large voting system placed on

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

School food for body and soul
By Connie Funk
Those of you who know me realize I care deeply about children and education. My desire is always to be a part of the solution and work for unity. I know that the new food services director and her team at La Conner School District are working extremely hard to provide excellent services for everyone, and I realize they are being directed by the district office. 
Amber Fleck, a LCSD parent and employee, should not have to summon the courage to stand up at a school board meeting as an advocate for students to say that the meal portions have not been adequate and that the nutritional quality of the food has been reduced. She should not have to report the well-known link between healthy nutrition and learning.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019


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