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October 28, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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October 28, 1971

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ramer Robert Kramer 1 was appointed to the School Board in October 1970 to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Herbert Hergert. Prior to that 1 was a member of the Citizens' Advisory Council to the School Board, 1 967-1970 and served as Mr. View PTA President, 1967-1968 and was a member of the Executive Board, Mt. View PTA, 1966-1967. I am 40 years of age, married, and the father of two children, ages 15 and 13; both students in Shelton schools. 1 have been a resident of Shelton for 14 years and am employed by ITT Rayonier. 1 received a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Washington State University in 1953, and took post graduate courses in Education at Washington State University in 1957. During my three years of service on the Citizen's Advisory Council, 1 was directly involved in special levy and bond issue campaigns which led to building the new Bordeaux School, to acquiring the land for the new high school, to expanding the Mt. View facility, and to finalizing the plans for the new high school plant itself. Approximately one year ago ! was appointed to the School Board. Although significant contributions have been made to Board activities during this first year, it has largely been a year of gaining experience. 1 attended national and regional conferences set up to provide intensified, in-depth training for boardmanship. Because of these experiences, 1 am asking the voters of District 309 to support me for a full four-year term. What are the most important problems facing our schools? There are many problems which come to mind that could fit into this category. However, by and large, most problems relate to one major problem, "Not enough money". Although we have been fortunate in Shelton, compared to some other areas in the state, the question of school finance will be a critical concern to all of us in the next few years. Lack of money means, for example, that progressive curriculum changes cannot be instituted, that teachers cannot receive the salary increases they should have. It means that all too often the School Board has to find a way to cut back on the program rather than to expand and improve the program. After a year on the Board, I am more aware than ever of the hopelessness of relying on local property taxes to finance education. I am firmly convinced that statewide tax reform will be the only positive way to solve the school finance dilemma. Pending a final solution to the State's school finance picture, we must not remain complacent. My primary aim as a school Board member is to insure that the taxpayers get the most from their money spent on education and to insure that the youth of this district get the best education possible. Within two years, we should be in our new high school, which will be one of the finest facilities of its kind in the state. However, modern physical plants are not enough. Continued improvements in curriculum are required to meet the rapidly changing needs of our youth. Vocational education is one of the curriculum areas which must be strengthened. Vocational training suffers from a problem which afflicts such training everywhere. 1 heartily agree with a recent statement by State School Superintendent Louis Bruno, who said, "We must now put forth the principle that vocational education is not an educational program for those who can't make it any other way." I believe that we should greatly expand our vocational program to serve those students so inclined. A school's vocational program must be established as a full equal to the college preparatory program. Another curriculum area which must be improved is the reading program in our elementary schools. Again this is not a problem unique to Shelton. [era Too many students are arriving at the Junior and Senior high level without an adequate reading background. We must re-examine our methods and learning priorities. What should the community expect of a School Board Member? A community should expect "responsible service" of a School Board member. To elaborate on this, the following are the major points as I see them. A. A member should be familiar with the state's school laws and those regulations which affect the operation of the school district, B. He should have a general understanding of educational aims and objectives, C. He should work harmoniously with other Board members, D. He should vote and act in the Board meetings impartially for the good of the district and should be responsive to the citizens represented, E. He should represent the Board and the schools to the public in such a way as to promote both interest and support, and, most importantly, F. He should recognize that each student is an individual and that through Board activities each student is assured that the schools will function in a positive manner to nurture individualism. Legal Publkations NOTICE OF HEARING ON ZONING ORDINANCE FOR MASON COUNTY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That a Hearing will be held before the Mason County Planning Commission, Tuesday, November 9, 1971, at the hour of 7:30 p.m. in the County Commissioners Room at the County Courthouse in Shelton, Washington. The Planning Commission will, at that time, review a proposed Zoning Ordinance for Mason County. Any interested person may appear at said Hearing to be heard for or against said Zoning Ordinance. Copies of the proposed Zoning Ordinance will be available in the Mason Regional Planning Director's office in the Courthouse. DATED this 27th day of October, 1971. Mason County Planning Commission By James E. Connolly 10/28-1t Uno Tom Weston was appointed to the Board by County Superintendent, J. W. Goodpaster, to fill the unexpired term of John Sells. He was reelected for an additional two years. Weston is Vice President of Puget Sound National Bank and Manager of its Mason County Branch in Shelton. He and his wife, Judith, have three children and live six miles out of town on Arcadia Road. One daughter, Alison, attends Bordeaux and another daughter, Jeanne, attends Junior High School. He is a graduate of the University of Washington, a member of the Shelton Chamber of Commerce, the Shelton Kiwanis Club, a member of the Mason County Civil Service Commission, and a Board member of the Shelton City Library. Weston said : "It has been my priviledge to serve on the Board of Shelton School District No. 309 these past three years. The next four years will bring many changes to the district. Most of these will relate to the completion of the new high school and will present rewarding opportunities to students, teachers, administrators, board members and the community. I am very pleased to continue as a member of the board. Thomas Weston enne John W. Bennett I am a candidate for the office of Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Shelton. First, I am a registered professional engineer with years of experience in design, estimating, specification and supervision of major engineering programs. I have had responsible charge of budget preparation and control for projects and functions in excess of the total city budget. 1 have lived in the city of Shelton nearly continuously since 1932 and have always bedn active in civic affairs. l served as a member of the Shelton School Board in the early 1940's when the system was completely revamped and our academic program materially broadened. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce l chaired the legislative and highway committees during which time we were successful in accelerating the completion of our freeway, we were also successful in outbidding 28 other Washington cities for the Washington State Corrections Center which has greatly broadened our economic base; helped resolve the long standing differences between the Tacoma City light and the Fisheries Department so that the hatchery was built at Purdy Canyon and helped in creating a new state park at Minerva Beach increasing ng neer xperlence our capacity to attract the tourist dollar to our area. I served for six years as a member of the advisory board to the governors safety council, served on the board of directors and as president of the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce and am presently chairman of the solid waste advisory committee to the regional planning council. 1 am opposed to the salary increase that the present commissioners have voted for the next four years. This move was made after the date for filing for office had passed and they were safely unopposed. They admit that this increase had been under consideration for some time but they were careful that the people didn't hear about it until it was too late for anything to be done to stop it. I filed for office only ten minutes before closing time for filing only because 1 felt someone qualified for the job should run. My opponent, who is related to both the commissioner of finance and the commissioner of public works, filed only at the very last minute and after myself. 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