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Build a better community by making education a priority | Letters

On Nov. 6, the Federal Way community will be asked answer two very important questions: Does the community believe that education is a priority? Is the learning environment critical to student success?

If your answer is yes to both questions, then supporting the capital levy is of utmost importance.

As a former Federal Way mayor and city council member, I have had many discussions with residents, business owners, service organizations and nonprofits regarding what makes a community. There are a few areas where we all agree including a good public safety system, good transportation and roads, a vibrant business community, a healthy economy and a great education system.

It is no secret that the whole country has struggled with an underperforming education system. There are many reasons why we have fallen behind many other countries in producing a well-educated society. There are also many smart people who are trying to address these problems and implement the many solutions it will take to fix our system.

In one way or another, we all share in this problem, and at the same time we can all share in the solutions. The Federal Way School District is doing its best to offer a quality education despite reductions in budget and staff over the last several years.

My personal experience is that the district is full of very passionate people who feel education is a priority. Spend some time in any school and you will feel the energy teachers bring to their work and the energy of the students who are excited about learning. There are many great and innovative programs that have been launched in the district that have been created by enthusiastic and intelligent teachers and administrators. These programs give Federal Way students the opportunity to succeed, build self-esteem, and prepare them for the future. A critical piece to a healthy, productive education system is to provide a quality environment — facilities that support current technology, adapt to current culture and allow students to feel valued.

A good education system is a critical ingredient in building a healthy community.

It’s time for the greater Federal Way community to make a difference. Support the Nov. 6 capital levy and help create the best learning environment possible.

Dean McColgan, Federal Way


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