Letters to the Editor
Help pick your super
At the November 25 board meeting, the Blaine school district board of directors accepted with regret a letter of resignation from Superintendent Gordon Dolman. The district has been privileged to have Dr. Dolman serve our students, staff and community for 17 years and we extend our best wishes to him in his retirement.
As district directors, the board has the responsibility of selecting our next superintendent. This is an exciting and challenging duty and we look forward to the process. We will be working with Dr. John Fotheringham of Northwest Leadership Associates. Dr. Fotheringham is an expert in the field of administrative employment and we feel fortunate to have his experience available.
Over the next few months we will be distributing a job posting, seeking community and staff input, reviewing applications, selecting candidates for interviews and finally hiring a superintendent. This is a lengthy process that should be finalized in March or April.
As involved Blaine and Point Roberts citizens, there are several actions you can take. Be thinking of your perception of qualifications, skills and qualities needed in our new district leader, then plan to complete the surveys and attending meetings for public input as they are announced. Be ready to answer questions from applicants when they first visit Blaine. Plan to attend question and answer sessions with our candidates when they are held. As your elected representatives, the board will take your input and choose the person we think is the best match for the Blaine school district.
In closing, we are thankful to have had Dr. Dolmans enthusiastic and informed leadership. With our new superintendent we will work to continue our commitment to keeping the Blaine school the heart of our community.
Jane Woods, board chair
points of park
I would like to thank The Northern Light for its diligent coverage of news happening within Birch Bay and I appreciate Christian Knights presence at the previous park meeting. I would like to clarify a few things. The deed to the park does list specific uses for the park and delineates what may and may not be present in the park. What was overlooked was that this specific portion of the park refers to the beach area and makes a note that any items such as benches, tables, etc. may not be present below the high water mark.
The property being examined for enhancement is located at the top of a hill in a neighborhood, many feet from the high water mark. The quote that we do not want to invite the Halverson family until we have figured out, is misleading. We openly welcome and invite anyone from the family to work with us throughout this process; however at this time we have nothing to present to the Halverson family, as the fundamentals are still being researched.
Finally, the fund raising event to be held at Dakota Creek Roadhouse on April 12 is an idea and at this point will not be occurring.
Nick Jerns, President,
Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce
We are so grateful for the support that we have received during our second holiday season. We have made so many new friends and hopefully will continue to make many more.
We have found that we, like other businesses in Blaine, are asked year round for donations to support many very worthy causes. We are honored to be asked to participate in these important projects and will continue to do so. Please remember that in order for our local businesses to support our schools and their many functions as well as community clubs, we need to see people from our community shopping locally on a regular basis. This isnt to say that we dont appreciate those who come in on a regular basis, because we do. To name each of you would take up too much room in this letter.
Thank you to the City of Blaine for their promotion of the downtown area and to The Northern Light for their efforts to make Blaine a city we can be proud of.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
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