South County Fire dedicates plaque to honor Commissioner Richard Schrock

South County Fire dedicated a plaque in memory of Commissioner Richard Schrock at the department’s headquarters. (Left to right) Commissioner Bob Meador, Commissioner Greg Urban, Commissioner Board Chair Jim Kenny, Ben Schrock, Commissioner David Chan and Commissioner Mark Laurence. (Image courtesy of South County Fire)

The South County Fire Board of Commissioners dedicated a plaque in memory of Commissioner Richard Schrock at the department’s headquarters this week.

Schrock served as a fire commissioner in south Snohomish County for more than eight years. He passed away last May after a battle with cancer.

Current and former fire commissioners, public safety leaders and community members shared their memories of Schrock at the plaque dedication on Tuesday. Many recalled his leadership in regionalization of fire and emergency services. Those who worked with Schrock on the Snohomish County Emergency Radio System Board of Directors spoke of his commitment to public safety and the key role he played in replacing the county’s aging police and fire radio system. Schrock was also remembered for his work as a founding board member of the Lake Stickney Conservancy that was instrumental in creating the Lake Stickney Community Park.

“Commissioner Schrock was very passionate, very hardworking and very well prepared. He was willing to champion the larger issues that make a difference over the long-term,” said Board Chair Jim Kenny. “He was looking for new ideas and brought a unique perspective to our board.”

Schrock’s son, Ben, joined Kenny in placing the memorial plaque in the lobby of South County Fire Headquarters in unincorporated south Everett.

3 Replies to “South County Fire dedicates plaque to honor Commissioner Richard Schrock”

  1. A lot of passion for and against. I taught and coached for all of my working life, and learned that you can do a great deal with amazingly little. if you really try. But on the whole, better funding produces better buildings, better paid (and motivated) teachers…

    I usually vote for school levies, but I’m conflicted by the arguments above. Still, I’d like to see one thing from the cons: what would you suggest to make Edmonds schools better?


    1. I think you wanted this posted under one of the school threads but I will respond here.
      While I am not a “con” on the school bond issue I do have some comments based on my work with the ESD as a volunteer over the last 20 years. Some data, SofW population: 7m, kids in school 1m, number of school districts 295, avg kid per dist 3400. Too many districts and they do duplicate work. Edmonds could “sell” some of its good stuff to other districts and “buy” from other districts that have other good stuff. Net impact would be to save local dollars. There is about 1 teacher for each 20 kids, and one staff member for each 20 kids. The sharing process among the 295 districts could reduce staff locally and in the state. That money could be used to do added programs.
      Here is one example of how the added money can help with better outcomes. Set up a grant program for summer work to allow teachers to put programs together and work with the kids who need the help. Teachers know who they are and teachers know what to do. Pay the teachers 125% of their current rate of pay to build and deliver these programs. We have the buildings, we have the kids who need help, and we have the teachers who know how to help. Let them develop the programs and compete for the funding to make a difference for our kids.
      Here is another example of who we could improve not only ESD but all 295 districts in the state. How many ways are there to teach math. There are correct terms but basically “fuzzy or new math”, “traditional” and some other method. Lets for illustration say 3. All 295 sort out what may be best for them, work with their boards, convince the teachers and parents, then create the plan to buy all the books and train all the teachers and before you know it a few years have gone by and they are ready to start teaching. Lots of time and just a few dollars and we are off and running with a new math program in 295 districts. The idea here would be to ask the best math teachers and staff in the state to write the new books during the summer for the whole state: fuzzy, traditional, and other. Pay them more than their normal rate of pay for this work during the summer. Go to Microsoft, Gates Foundation, Amazon and others and ask them to chip in on the funding for the printing or computer distribution of the final product. We the people now own the books and can use which ever one the local districts decide they would like to use locally. Local choice, cheaper books, homegrown!
      These are only two ideas to unleash the talent of our teachers and serve our kids with locally designed programs to improve outcomes. Treachers working with kids for more than 180 days will improve outcomes! Teacher pay goes up and so do the outcomes.


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