Sen. Pam Roach’s positions do not reflect views of Enumclaw School Board | Letter

We are one school district representing the cities of Enumclaw and Black Diamond and portions of unincorporated King County.

We are one school district representing the cities of Enumclaw and Black Diamond and portions of unincorporated King County. Our job as a board of directors is to serve the best interests of the students, families and patrons of our school district.

A recent flyer distributed by Sen. Roach’s campaign misrepresented the work of our board of directors as well as the vision and culture of our one unified school district.

• Fact: When realizing there were going to be two master planned developments in Black Diamond, our district proactively began negotiations to secure the best mitigation agreement possible in order to continue to build great schools and take care of our tax paying citizens.

• Fact: The agreement includes a combination of the payment of school mitigation fees and the conveyance of up to seven school sites.

• Fact: Future schools in Black Diamond will be paid for by a combination of school mitigation agreement money, state match money, and future bonds. Schools will not be paid for solely by local taxes. No local or school district dollars will be required to pay for land costs.

• Fact: When growth occurs in a school district, the assessed value of the school district also grows, thereby reducing the individual taxpayer share.

• Fact: On Sen. Roach’s website, she believes that Black Diamond should be consolidated with Tahoma School District. The students who reside in Black Diamond are a part of our great Enumclaw School District.

Our responsibility as a board is to take care of all of our students. We will continue to do this.

April Schroeder, president

Enumclaw School Board

More in Letters to the Editor

Former fan finished with disrespectful NFL players

I lived off the grid for 15 years and the one thing I missed the most was watching pro football.

Thank you everyone who made ‘Make A Difference Day’ a success

I want to thank everyone who makes every day a “Make a Difference Day” in Black Diamond.

Nationwide infrastructure needed to combat Alzheimer’s

Too often Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are treated as a normal aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the U.S. develops every 66 seconds.

Enumclaw mayor deserves a thanks for a job well done

I have always been proud to say I live in Enumclaw.

Clarification on Expo Center funding vote

As a citizen that values our local paper and likes to stay informed about the upcoming elections, I have enjoyed reading the Courier Herald debate for the Enumclaw Mayoreal election.

Molinaro an excellent candidate for Mayor

Following my two interviews with candidate Malinaro, I feel that we are fortunate to have a candidate who is well prepared to provide the leadership we need for a growing community.

The definition of insanity

It is totally clear that the incumbent mayor lacks any ability to bring people together and get things done. She is a failure as mayor, making Black Diamond a laughing stock with her out of control behavior and outbursts at Council meetings.

Baxley and Young should have showed up at public forum

On Tuesday, October 17th, was the Black Diamond Maple Valley Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum, where the Black Diamond candidates for Mayor and two City Council positions had the opportunity to talk with the citizens of Black Diamond, and to answer questions put to them by these citizens.

Enumclaw helped raise $3,500 for Special Olympics

The last couple of weekends the St. Barbara Knights of Columbus have been involved with our annual Tootsie Roll Program.

Baxley is an important choice for Black Diamond mayor

Judy Baxley has been part of our local civics for years, and thank goodness because citizen involvement is critical to monitoring big developers.

Enumclaw chamber board supports Molinaro for mayor

In an election with significant consequences that will largely shape the future of our community, Enumclaw voters have a clear choice for mayor.

Challenger has no experience working in government

The newspaper’s three-part debate for the position of Black Diamond mayor has been eye opening.