The question is appropriate because the district wants to renew a 4 year OPERATIONS levy and it requires a yes vote in next Tuesday’s election. It is also particularly appropriate because the community last fall approved a building BOND levy to do extensive renovation and new building work at the Ferndale High School campus. A very basic question for all K-12 students in this connection is the graduation rate at the High School.
How many 9th graders entering Ferndale High School will graduate 4 years later? The graduation rate has been going up. Ferndale high school has an 8 period day. The 8 period day allows more options for more students to take a wider range of classes … more vocational and technical choices … more coursework that will lead to apprenticeships in full employment. Not every high school student should or wants to go to a 4 year college. The community support for needed new buildings at the high school came at the right time to meet the wider range of high school courses and employment opportunities now in front of all students statewide .
So the yes vote last fall for the Building Bond will sync well with the Operations Levy before us now if we all get our OPERATIONS LEVY ballots in on time.
Recent Ferndale School Board member
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Ferndale schools do not rate well in WA State. In any case, it’s quite cynical to expect voters to simply believe that the amount we were promised was enough before is now suddenly insufficient, and more is needed. This is a cash grab, and one that many cannot even afford.
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