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Letter: Changes needed in Evergreen

By Ellen Townsen, Vancouver
Published: June 4, 2024, 6:00am

Editor’s note: This letter has been edited following publication to remove inaccuracies.

Evergreen Public Schools is looking for its fifth superintendent in seven years. If the school board can’t do a better job at hiring the right person, perhaps they need a different job.

Good faith toward teachers and staff is key to student success. Unfortunately, student success has not been a priority for the board, which has eventually resulted in strikes from certificated staff. Their priority has been to pressure school administrators to obtain heightened graduation numbers by inflating grades so that they can get their state/federal funds. Subsequently, these funds rarely make it into the classrooms because these funds are used to pay for the exiting superintendents’ “golden parachutes” upon leaving.

The leadership of EPS professes that they work on behalf of their student body. They care more about the numbers. A tighter screening process and more educators who have a genuine, sincere, honest interest in young people is what this district needs.

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