Letters to the Editor

Flip-flops and budget woes

In response to the letter titled “Flip-Flopping over Flip-Flops” in the July 1 Mirror:

As the sole community member who actually stayed at the June 13 school board meeting until the end and witnessed the board’s discussion about flip-flops, I have a few words to say.

Take 20 minutes and watch the segment of the board meeting where this discussion took place. It’s available on the school district Web site.

It doesn’t seem to me like anyone really “flip-flopped” at all.

The issue was raised and discussed, but in no way did I walk out of there feeling like the majority of the board in attendance that night was in favor of banning flip-flops.

In fact, it was an ongoing source of jokes for the rest of the evening, and had everyone in the room, including myself, giggling and laughing out loud.

I understand and agree with the sentiment that we need to teach our children how to present themselves in real life.

But I don’t believe that allowing a student to wear flip-flops to school means they will one day try to wear them to a job interview.

And if they do, shame on the parents who didn’t teach them otherwise.

Lastly, in reference to the comment about our district being in the “red” because of an indecisive school board.

With all due respect, that comment alone demonstrates a lack of knowledge of the budget issue.

As one of the lowest-funded school districts in the state, Federal Way students consistently perform at the top academically.

This only happens because of a dedicated school board, a superintendent we should count our blessings to have, and teachers who value our communities children and their educations.

As far as budget issues are concerned, let’s stop pointing uninformed fingers and rally behind the real issue.

Holly Wilson

Federal Way

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