Submitted by William Hodge, Sr., University Place.
As a retiree with considerable experiences in working with various governmental and educational boards, I have watched with interest the current race for the University Place School Board Position Number 1 position, and offer the following for University Place voters’ consideration:
It is important to note that both candidates who opposed Mrs. Burke during the Primary stage of the race to replace her as a School Board member indirectly based their reason for doing so on her age (or “ageism”); neither cited as their reason for wanting to replace her was based on her incompetency in performing any of the multiple duties inherent in that position—and that is because Mrs. Burke has performed exceptionally-well throughout her tenure as a School Board Director, as evidenced by her support from past and present board members (with only one exception).
The obvious reason for Mrs. Burke’s opponents taking their ageist approach is they know that she possesses in abundance attributes that neither of them have: proven professional educational experiences and qualifications, which are coupled with practical knowledge of how educational policies, principles, and processes can come together to create an extremely successful educational environment. Additionally, Mrs. Burke has a long-proven innate ability to bring together disparate points of views and forge them into cohesive and functional educational operations!
Hopefully, perhaps one or both of Mrs. Burke’s competitors will eventually acquire some or all of Mrs. Burke’s capabilities that might one day match or exceed her competencies; but for now they both remain untested and unqualified to help the University Place School Board continue to maintain its status as an exceptional place to educate its students.
Therefore, I urge all University Place residents to visit and get to know Mrs. Burke by visiting her at voteetheldaburke.com. And after having done so, I am confident your readers will agree that MRS. BURKE REMAINS THE BEST CANDIDATE to fill her Position Number 1 on the University Place School District!