Letters to the Editor - Jan. 20, 2014

  • Written by Readers

I am a parent of two boys at Fernwood Elementary in the north end of Northshore School District. I am also a home owner in a neighborhood adjoining the proposed high school site and despite the challenges this will bring, I’m in favor of the upcoming 2014 bond and levies.

My day job as a real estate broker gives me a unique perspective as I work with buyers comparing housing options within King and Snohomish counties. Historically, homes within the Northshore School District have been considered more desirable and have fetched higher prices. This is illustrated perfectly by two new housing developments in north Bothell, built by one builder. Although just a block apart, these neighborhoods are serviced by different school districts, one being Northshore.

Based on my conversations with the listing agent and closing data, near identical homes located within the Northshore neighborhood sold for up to $15,000 more than those in the neighborhood serviced by the other. Simply, today’s buyers see the value of our schools and are willing to invest more.

This vote has potential to greatly impact our recovering housing market.

As a homeowner I have to ask if it’s fiscally responsible to reject a small tax increase and risk a much larger hit to property values not to mention the quality of education our children receive? If Northshore School District cannot effectively meet the demands of the growing student population, its overall reputation, and our property values, will most certainly suffer. In order to maintain the high level of excellence the public has come to expect from Northshore, I urge my fellow voters to consider the long-lasting, negative ramifications failure would have and stand united in support.

Finally, as a Fernwood parent for the past six years, I’ve witnessed the growing pains first hand but also the tremendous efforts of staff and teachers to address them with extreme care, always keeping the needs of the students in mind. We are fortunate to have such talented educators and I hope we will all be able to breathe easier come February, knowing relief is on its way.

Stacy Rus, Bothell

Each year the Northshore Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) hosts youth soccer league and tournament play culminating in its annual Cranberry Cup. The Cup is a celebration of the sport of Northshore select soccer and treats the community to competitive boys and girls soccer traditionally held Thanksgiving weekend.

Our recent season-ending tournament hosted more than 60 teams from across the greater Seattle area including Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Bothell, Woodinville, Redmond, West Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Granite Falls and Silver Lake as well as several teams in from Canada for the first time in the tournament.

The 2013 edition of the Cranberry Cup was one of the most successful to date due in large part to the City of Woodinville and the numerous tournament sponsors that we would be remiss not to recognize! Special thanks is extended to the city manager’s office in Woodinville, specifically Alexandra Sheeks, Brenda Eriksen and Nancy Brandt for their assistance with field support and event coordination. NYSA would like to recognize the following local sponsors of this year’s Cup:

• Fey & Grey Orthodontics,

• Silvi Sports,

• Carter Subaru/VW,

• Precision Sports Performance,

• Sandberg Northwest Volvo,

• Adidas,

• Locknane Athletic Medicine,

• Soccer West,

• Gobble Restaurant,

• Cecil & Associates,

• Kaufman Chiropractic Clinic,

• Silvaris Corporation,

• Liberty Sign Shoppe,

• TNT Treats

• Northwest Designs,

Additional tournament pictures and sponsor information may be found at Thank you again for the generous support of our annual event!

NYSA Board of Directors

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