KATHY WHITE, Kennewick
In 2008, a monumental action was begun. Three school districts and three other partners formed what could be called an in-house charter school (innovation education completely under the supervision of three school boards). Now, one of the partners, Richland School Board, is getting cold feet.
Under the feint of financial concerns, Richland says it is concerned about its upcoming bond election. Kennewick and Pasco also have bonds and levies to think about. What about education funding from the state? What if the "fiscal cliff" happens? No one, especially in public education, is free of financial concerns.
"We know the school (Delta) is not in jeopardy at all," said Richland School Board president Rick Jansons. Delta may not close tomorrow, but in the long term, its status is in jeopardy by Richland's parsimony. The cooperation of so many partners has been an asset in gaining funding so far. Now that one partner is refusing to do its part, the interlocal agreement may become invalid. (With the passage of Initiative 1240, Delta may become a real charter school without the supervision of any school board.)
I urge all the citizens of Richland School District to consider its school board's actions in the Delta High School Interlocal agreement and let the school board know how they stand on Delta's future.