The Highline School District is succeeding in many ways, but in some aspects we are coming up short and negatively affecting our children. The fact is, we need to do better with our budget. Too few dollars are currently allocated towards a fundamental aspect of child safety- transportation to and from school. Our drivers are stressed out and spread too thin.
While academic achievement and developing good citizens is our top priority, we need to re-evaluate the current student conduct policy of no suspensions. Stopping bullying needs to be a top priority along with counseling the disruptive students.
As a former school bus driver & substitute teacher, Burrage is familiar with the current challenges faced by district bus drivers. Too few are applying, too many positions remain open. With union negotiated driver wages being low across multiple school districts, this is a problem with no simple solution. It’s a challenge that will require personal dedication to resolve.
Jeanette Burrage has the budget and management experience to overcome this challenge. Her experience in leadership, such as on the Des Moines City Council working on a municipal budget, makes her a great choice to restore balance within the District.
Jeanette Burrage grew up in Burien. She was a Cub Scout leader when she was a senior in high school because the area was one mother short for cub scout dens. She served on the board of Citizens to Protect Puget Sound.
In 1980 she was elected to the State House of Representatives, where she served until redistricting the next term. She served on the Appropriations Human Services Committee as its Vice Chairman, on the Institutions Committee and on the Local Government Committee. For one year she was Co-chairman of the Select Committee on Child Abuse.
She attended Law School and from 1989-1994 she was Executive Director of the Northwest Legal Foundation. She was Lead Attorney for the Legal Advice Section of the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office for one year.
Ms. Burrage was elected to the Des Moines City Council in 1993 and served until late 1995 when she was elected as a King County Superior Court Judge. She served for five years as both a civil trial judge and as a criminal trial judge.
She worked as a substitute teacher in the Highline District from 2001-2003
In 2011 she was again elected to the Des Moines City Council and served on the Public Safety and Transportation Committee and the Economic Development Committee. She also served as the City's representative on the South King County Transportation Board. That year she also started working as a school bus driver in the Highline District. This was her semi-retirement job that allowed her to assist children, mostly special needs students, and work part time.
Ms. Burrage is married and has two children, both of whom graduated from Mt. Rainier High School. She is familiar with the Highline School District as a student, parent, employee and community leader.