Hope & Change in Ferndale

cf Gotcha!  Did you think that mister hope and change himself, Barack Obama, was coming for a visit?

Sorry, the hope and change I’m speaking of is a bit more tangible.  It is the hope that the already great city of Ferndale, can be a much better place to live.  Change Ferndale, is new organization with that goal.

The mission of Change Ferndale is to enact positive change and improve the city of Ferndale, WA We will do so by 1) Improving communications between residents and city officials 2) Improving communication between residents and the School District 3) Offer an open forum for discussion of the issues facing the city of Ferndale 4) Endorse policy that the organization approves of, and React to policy that offends the organization and its participants

While I think this is a worthy cause for an organization, I have to admit that I have a concern about an organization to improve communication, not listing it’s membership.  A blog writer with a semi-secret nom de plume is quite a bit different than a political action group with undisclosed membership.  Especially a group who states that their first move involves gathering “a small amount of money so that we may get signs posted around Ferndale stating our position.”   Money and secrecy don’t mix well.

However, I agree with their first project, confronting Ferndale School District’s seeming obsession with putting us taxpayers $21,000,000 dollars more in debt.  I hope Change Ferndale will soon reconsider their secrecy.  It will make it easier to support their efforts on this issue and perhaps others in the future. 

Please don’t let my concern stop you from going over to Change Ferndale and learning more about them and this $21 million dollar bill that FSD is trying to serve to us.  I’ll be check in NO during the second vote on this issue and I hope you will too.

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3 Comments.

  1. 21 Million in Debt and they don’t even have a stadium worthy of their football team!

  2. New furniture in the admin building, but no money for the lights in the high school last spring. Hmmm.
    The only thing Ferndale school district has got right is their football team and Marching Band. Hope the Administration keeps their hands off of that program.
    Glad my kids are in running start and away from the mess.

  3. Vincent O'Connor

    Clearly their is a communication break down in Ferndale. The school district’s Superintendent and Board are at odd’s with the community. When concerned community members meet and join together and form a group in union with each other and they are willing to put their time and money together it is a very powerful commentary. This group of concerned citizens are becoming a strong voice within the community with many supporting them for their action. The school Superintendent should take strong notice of this community group since it appears the school board follow’s all of his recommendations. As an example: When the recemt vote for schools did not reach it’s necessary required voter quota to pass. The school superintendent did not recommend we re-evaluate our position and bring back changes to the board and then try again. He just told the school board his political-historical views of the Washington legislature and the school funding formula process and then asked the school board to put the rejected ballot back out unchanged to the voter’s and let’s get it passed. The voters won’t be fooled a second time either. The issue here is not about the need to fix the problems with the Custer and North Bellingham schools. The issue here is the excessive recommendation that creates the need for a 21 million dollar tax payer bill and the continuation of unnecessary spending.