Guest Op-Ed: Helping Our Students Realize Their Full Potential

By Mayor Carlo DeMaria

It’s a great honor and privilege to serve as your Mayor. I first ran for Mayor because Everett was stuck in its past without a vision for its future. I knew it was time to lead the community I love by bringing positive change and pride back to our neighborhoods. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished during my time as your mayor. 

Serving our families is one of my most important responsibilities as Mayor. A big piece of that is working to improve Everett’s schools. To me this is a personal issue. I am a product of the Everett public schools, and I know the importance of a strong foundation that our schools can offer. I would not be where I am today without the foundation and opportunities I gained from our schools. As an Everett public school parent, I know the importance of modern facilities and a strong academic program in a system that cares about both students’ educational and their social and emotional well-being. 

When we talk about education, most of the time we talk about money. Every year the City spends more on education due to the state formula, but we shouldn’t just be asking, “How much do you need?” We also need to ask, “How is this going to help our students?” What I think parents want to know is how we are helping our kids to be successful. 

I want what is best for our students as a parent and as Mayor. That is why I advocated for Everett to apply for state funds to build a new high school. This will help: 

• Reduce crowding in all our schools 

• Expand vocational programming 

• Create the opportunity to learn about emerging industries such as biotech labs and manufacturing 

Whether our children want to go to college, serve in the military, learn a trade, or go directly into the workforce, we will continue to help our students realize their full potential. 

I respectfully ask for your vote in this year’s city election and look forward to working with you to keep Everett moving forward. 

Carlo DeMaria is the Mayor of Everett.

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