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Ghazel running for school board re-election | Letter

September 24, 2013 · Updated 12:25 PM

I am honored and humbled by your trust in allowing me to serve on your school board and I am hoping to serve another four years.  I am running for re-election to the school board because I strongly believe that education is what defines a community and serving in the capacity of a school board director allows me to be at the fore front of advocating for that belief.  Additionally, as an elected school board official it is my responsibility to insure that we create conditions in which our children and staff can succeed and that everyone involved in the education of our children is appreciated and held to a high standard. This is a duty that I take seriously; we must not fail the children in our charge.

My active participation in the Orcas community as a member of the Orcas Lions and an active participant in many school activities for the past 16 years have helped me understand the needs of our children and families. This involvement has enabled me to communicate and engage the community in the pursuit of educational excellence and offer extracurricular activities such as music and sports to enhance the children’s educational experience.

My involvement in the Orcas Lions has laid a heavy burden on my heart and confirmed the financial struggles of young families with school age children on this island.  As a school board director I saw the need first hand. The meal that many of our children receive at school daily might be the only meal that child gets for that day.

We are not done. In the coming years board decisions require level heads, experience, creativity and commitment to our childrens’ and staffs’ success. We need to make sure that the public’s generosity is appreciated and properly utilized.  We need to continue work on the legislative front, and with the help of our local legislators such as Senator Ranker and others who have supported us on many occasions, we will see more progress. I want to continue working on full funding for basic education that also includes better compensation for our faculty and staffs.  The constitution of the state of Washington puts the burden on the legislators to amply fund the education of all of our children in the state, and I want to hold them to that.

Tony Ghazel

School Board Director #2


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