School-board president went the extra mile to care for kids/Letter
May 5, 2011 · 12:43 PM
Recently Dan Vaught, the executive director of Support Services for the Northshore School District, proposed a change to School Board Policy 8100, which would have expanded the mandatory distance that students are required to walk to school from a one-mile radius of the school to a two-mile radius. Such a change would have created a safety risk for many of our children.
I am grateful to school-board president Dawn McCravey for her unwavering support of our children and their safety. At the April 12 school-board meeting, during the first reading of Board Policy 8100, Ms. McCravey expressed concern over such a change in policy and the dangers in which it placed our children. At that time she stood alone among the board in her opinion that expanding the walking distance from one to two miles was an unsafe choice. Fortunately for our children, and after two weeks to consider the concerns expressed by Ms. McCravey, the other school-board members did come around and agreed with Ms. McCravey. Mr. Vaught’s proposed change has thus been stricken from the policy.
Thank you, Ms. McCravey, for standing up on behalf of the children of Northshore School District.
Jenny Day, Bothell