Vashon High School has outlived its useful life. It is beyond repair and requires new design and vision. We have the design and vision; now is the time to move forward and build it.
It is an honor for me to chair your Vashon Park District board in 2009. When I was initially elected to serve on the board, I truly didn’t know the breadth and depth of what the park district offers this Island. From concerts in the park to kayaking for families and ski school for children, I am continually impressed with the dedication of the park district staff to provide quality recreation experiences for a wide range of interests.
A year ago, a commission empaneled to review King County’s charter took a close look at the regional library system and delivered some harsh words. During public meetings, it noted, patrons of the King County Library System “voiced several concerns about KCLS’ governance structure and operations, including lack of oversight and accountability, an unengaged and unresponsive board of trustees, limited public access to board decision-making processes and lack of planning.”
Voters throughout King County are casting their ballots for a new elected position: Director of Elections. The public decided in November to change the position from one that is appointed to an elective position, bringing King County in line with most other counties in the state.
I’ve replayed the scene in my mind far too many times.
Walking down a silent, snowy Bank Road hand in hand with my husband, Jim. Seeing a white SUV in the distance. Realizing we needed to get our dog, who was bounding out of sight, back onto the leash.
As reported previously in The Beachcomber, an ad hoc group of citizens known as Vision for Vashon has recently come together to help Vashon realize its considerable potential to become one of these “DIY communities.”