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Selling property won’t help school district’s budget

2:43 pm April 4th, 2013

By Paulette Gillardi
I would like to begin by thanking everyone who has attended public meetings, written letters and e-mails and made phone calls to the School Board to give input on the upcoming budget decisions for the Eatonville School District. I know my fellow board members agree that the respect each person has demonstrated is greatly appreciated.
After the meeting last Wednesday, I recognized I should have made a clarifying statement as a followup to a gentleman’s input concerning the vacant houses the district owns in town. Selling them would not help the budget issue because the state does not allow the use of “capital projects funds” to be used for anything except capital projects (facilities). No funds can be borrowed from or transferred into other areas of need. The same is true of the bond money that is being used for the transportation department, field improvements, etc.
I am blessed to have had the privilege of spending my entire life in the community and have enjoyed many years of volunteering in the school district as a volunteer classroom teacher assistant, PTO/PTA officer, sports, room mother and School Board member, to name a few. I am passionate about the Eatonville School District and am thankful that our students are being served by caring and supportive staff and parents in all three elementary schools. I believe our K-12 education is one of the finest in the state, and I will continue to serve our district in any way I can.
Thank you for your support and encouragement.

Paulette Gilliardi is an Eatonville School Board member.

One Response to Selling property won’t help school district’s budget

  1. Diane Purdy Arnold Reply

    April 7, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Thanks Paulette for standing up for all of us who attended Eatonville Schools. My family moved to Alder in 1952 with us attending a newly opened Columbia Crest. It meant getting on a bus at 6:45am and getting home at 5:15pm… we did not complain:nor did we know the difference from when there were local schools in Alder, Ashford.. not sure about Elbe. I know times have changed but Closing Columbia Crest seems like going backwards in time and a horrible commute for kids. I do hope that the Board can find funding that can be used to continue operating Columbia Crest. I do not know all the rules… that is why Paulette is so valuable on the board. I hope the community will support her and the board as they look for ways to make every facet of the district work.

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