Summary: WSF Community Input Meeting, 12/6/12

As mentioned previously, although we attended an earlier ferry-sponsored meeting that day, Adrienne and I were not able to attend the evening meeting hosted by WSF last Thursday. We will be posting the minutes from the meeting we did attend as soon as they are available, but in the meantime, I asked for input from anyone who was able to attend that later meeting. Barb Fulton from Lopez responded with the following quick summary.

If anyone else would like to add anything, please respond to this comment. Thanks!

“I went to the ferry presentation at the Lopez library last night.  Other attendees were: Linda Noreen, Mac Langford, Dan Post, Tom Cowan,  Bev Zapalac and myself, Barb Fulton.

I went mainly because I’m worried about the ferry reservation coming to the SJ.  They said, this would not happen without lots of community meetings.  I don’t know anyone who wants the reservation system to go through.

Other topics mentioned included staffing issues, switching fuel to liquid nitrogen gas for the ferries, and tariffs.

The only Orcas attendees were Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus who arrived late.”

I know we’re really focused on the proposed vehicle reservation system at this moment, but the other topics Barb mentions are also very important and we need to be careful not to let them fall by the wayside!

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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.

One thought on “Summary: WSF Community Input Meeting, 12/6/12

  1. Mac Langford

    Since there are so many financial problems facing the ferry system, I asked how a reservation system in the islands might affect the bottom line. The answer was that they “hoped” there would be an increase in ridership and revenue because people would not need to wait in line for hours as there would be certainty of being boarded. I did not press the issue to ask what evidence was being used to back up this “hope;” that can come at a later date.

    Mr. Mosley did preface his remarks on the reservation system by saying that the earlier meeting had been productive, with a wide variety of views expressed. He also indicated that there might be different approaches for each island.

    While I do not know the details of what transpired at the earlier meeting, I got the general impression from his evening remarks that they do not have a good feeling for how we in the islands differ from those down sound. Most of our use of the ferries is not for regular commuting or for pleasure; for us the ferries are our bridge to the rest of the world. For this type of use reservations can be an inconvenience and could reduce the number of uses.


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