Thursday, February 7, 2013
This summer there was a proposal on the ballot for an aquatic center to be constructed in Walla Walla. It was rejected by the people of our town for the same reasons as before: The classic, “It doesn’t affect me, so why should I pay?” or the idea that it was too costly especially for seniors who don’t think they will benefit from it.
Feb. 12 voters will decide whether to approve the funding of the Walla Walla High School modernization bond, where the money goes to improving our town’s public high school.
Once again, this proposal is similarly for kids, and only certain people are impacted. Once again, property owners will have to pay a property tax increase. And once again, this may be met with the same apathy, and the same lack of forward thinking. But this time something has to change!
It has been said the greatest gift you can give a child is the gift of an education. More specifically, a good education, the chance to achieve something great, and to learn all that a student can.
Wa-Hi is doing its best to live up to these expectations, but how can it keep up when the school doesn’t have the resources it needs? Many science labs are unable to be performed due to lack of equipment, space, and safety. With over 1,800 students, there are nowhere near enough computers to go around. Whether we like it or not, we are now in the technology age. We need to modernize the 50-year-old school.
While we are bringing the students up to standard, we might as well bring the school up to quality. The classrooms at Wa-Hi have no air conditioning. As an eighth grader at Garrison Middl School, I can speak from experience about the unregulated temperatures at school, with a burning-hot gym, and a cold science room. Most adults wouldn’t tolerate that in a workplace, so we shouldn’t make our students and teachers accept it either.
And best of all, every one of those ugly portables will be gone, so our school will return to the beautiful campus it was designed to be.
Wa-Hi needs these renovations, and the only way possible is a 68 cent per $1,000 increase in property tax on the assessed value of your home. . This is an investment in the children of our future, and a contribution to the improvement of a workplace and learning facility. This is a proposal that can’t be overlooked and a plan for improvement that cannot be dismissed.
I urge you to vote “yes” for the Wa-Hi modernization bond.