Ferry Community Partnership needs our help

The Ferry Community Partnership (FCP) is a group of concerned elected officials, members of Ferry Advisory Committee members, and ferry riders who have joined forces to find ways to support WSF. As residents of a ferry-served community, we are all members of this group which has worked diligently to prevent increases in fares and reductions in service. FCP is also encouraging legislators to address the concerns of an aging fleet and to find sustainable funding sources for WSF.

In light of proposed budgets currently being considered in the House and the Senate, FCP has identified several ways to reduce costs and avoid proposed fare increases and service cuts. The suggestions with the greatest immediate impact include:

1. Delay implementation of Reservation System ($7.1 million in savings)

2. Delay implementation of IT Timekeeping System ($7.1 million in savings)

3. Cut Vessel and Terminal Design Offices (up to $16.6 million in savings)

and are explained more fully in the document linked near the end of this post.

FCP contacted us to ask readers to take a few minutes to email, call, or fax the governor to suggest that these three cost reduction measures be implemented immediately. Here is her contact information:

Email http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/default.asp

Phone: 360-902-4111

Fax: 360-753-4110

FCP is sending the governor a longer list of suggested cuts and a letter. They are available here in draft form. This file includes background information on the suggested cuts and a draft of the letter that will be sent by FCP.

This is time sensitive. If you can, please act by Friday afternoon.

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About sjbrooksyoung

Susan Brooks-Young has been involved in the field of instructional technology since 1979. She was one of the original technology users in the district where she taught and has continued to explore ways in which technology can be used to facilitate student learning. She has worked as computer mentor, technology trainer, and technology curriculum specialist. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education in a career that spanned more than 23 years. Since 1986, she has published articles and software reviews in a variety of education journals. She is also author of a number of books which focus on how school leaders can implement the NETS*A Standards. Susan works with educators internationally, focusing on practical technology-based strategies for personal productivity and effective technology implementation in schools. Susan and her husband live on Lopez Island, WA.

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