Monday, January 21, 2013
I am writing in support of the Walla Walla High School bond. I am the parent of two Walla Walla High School students and I am also the Wa-Hi debate coach. Although I have been a teacher in the Walla Walla School District for more than 15 years, I did not originally support the idea of spending money to renovate Walla Walla High School when this issue was brought up several years ago.
However, as a debate coach I have had the opportunity to visit many high schools in Washington state over the past four years and I can honestly say that there was only one high school even close to the poor condition of Walla Walla High School. That was Eisenhower High School in Yakima — and it is in the process of being replaced with a beautiful new high school right now.
Walla Walla High School stands out to me as a parent because my children are receiving an incredible education there from dedicated teachers. But it also stands out because it is in substandard condition.
My daughter has eaten outside in all kinds of weather because of the lack of space in the common area. My children have not had desks because of crowded classrooms.
When you walk into the classrooms, the lack of appropriate technological conditions is as obvious as the battered tiles on the floors. Our children are competing with students all over this state who are learning in comfortable, modern environments. The difference between Walla Walla High School’s physical condition and that of other high schools in our state is shocking.
As the coach of Wa-Hi’s debate team I know our community loves and supports its children. I am constantly asked by other coaches how our school is able to generate the kind of parental and community support we have for our team — and all I can say is, “I’m so lucky to live in Walla Walla. Our town really supports its children.”
We can show that support by voting “yes” for the Walla Walla High School bond.