Collaborative Task Force

Through the years the Dieringer community has tackled many important questions regarding how to best provide for our children’s futures.  Whether it was important questions like dealing with an ageing and leaky Lake Tapps Elementary or responding to the impact on our schools from rapid community growth, citizen committees have stepped forward to carefully considered the issues.  Supported by the Dieringer community through the approval of bonds, the new Lake Tapps Elementary and expansions of all three schools are tangible evidence of this community’s continuing vision and support for its children.

Once again, a community task force, this time focused on addressing the impact of legislative budget actions on Dieringer students, staff and the community as a whole. 

To address these questions, the Collaborative Task Force, composed of parents and staff, addressed the following:

1.  Understand the impact of legislative requirements and constraints (salary, levy, state revenues, redistribution of taxes, class size, nonhigh, etc.) on the students, staff and tax payers of the Dieringer community

2. Develop a plan to articulate and communicate #1 with Dieringer stake holders, the media and our local legislators

3. Work to achieve a more equitable funding plan for our community: local funds remaining local, levy rate reinstated, nonhigh funding provided for, staff allocations that recognize the education and experience of our staff, and capital funds to support reduced class size, etc.

Attached are informational flyers addressing nonhigh funding, special education and general budget concerns, contact information for our local legislators and sample letters that we hope will be of assistance should you wish to contact one or all of your elected representatives.

Whether you currently have children in school, or simply value passing on the gift of education to the children of your community, thank you.  You have made a wise investment in the lives of our children and the future of this amazing community.

Warm regards,
Michael Farmer

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