Modernization solves Wa-Hi problems

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When I heard about the bond to modernize Walla Walla High School, I was very excited. I’ve gone to Wa-Hi for four years and am now a senior, and every single problem I can name about Wa-Hi is fixed with the new design.

One of the biggest problems I’ve found with Wa-Hi is the academic and science building classrooms. They’re all very small, and trying to fit as many as 30 students in a class is no fun.

The proposed design includes expanded classrooms, all of which have AC, something that all students will greatly appreciate in the early and late summer months when classrooms can get unbearably stuffy in the afternoon.

By far the biggest perk of the new design is the music and drama building. Currently, drama has to hold classes in the auditorium, there is only one practice room for hundreds of music students, and the bathrooms are terrible.

If I had to propose just one change, it would be to get new bathrooms. Every student will appreciate the new bathrooms.

The design creates a whole new building for music, and drama gets the existing building for classes and for prop and costume storage. This is a huge step up for drama, giving the already amazing productions an opportunity to be even better.

Even though the new design will not be completed any time before I leave, I hope that some day I’ll be able to come back and visit and see a new-and-improved Wa-Hi.

I hope you will vote Yes for Wa-Hi.

Marisol Beck

Walla Walla

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Comments

fatherof5 says...

It is great hearing from a student's perspective. This is a well-written letter, Miss Beck!

Posted 24 January 2013, 2:06 p.m. Suggest removal

fatherof5 says...

I wonder if there are other students reading the U-B who would like to share their insights here???

Posted 25 January 2013, 9:26 a.m. Suggest removal

namvet60 says...

That's about like asking the current generation if they would like to go camping using a tent or a million dollar motor home! Apples to Oranges.

Posted 26 January 2013, 7:29 a.m. Suggest removal

fatherof5 says...

Is that how little you respect these kids, namvet? You think these high school kids aren't capable of objectively sharing information about their experiences at Wa-Hi that would be helpful to the rest of us? You think they are too focused on themselves to see the bigger picture?

In her letter above, Miss Beck acknowledges she won't be around to experience the benefits of a remodeled Wa-Hi, thus indicating that her motivations are for the benefit of those to come after her. By contrast, most of your comments are about you, you, you. You written several times that you don't want to pay for something that doesn't benefit you directly. To me, there is a maturity and wisdom in Miss Beck's perspective that is lacking in yours. I'd like to hear more from people like her. We could learn something.

Posted 26 January 2013, 2:44 p.m. Suggest removal

namvet60 says...

fatherof5 - you are amazing - do think that these children are capable of choosing - I think that they are but you give them the choice of a new school or an old school are you kidding me. What would you expect them to answer? Give me a break with all of this passion for spending other peoples money.

Posted 26 January 2013, 4:17 p.m. Suggest removal

fatherof5 says...

namvet, students bring a valuable perspective to the table, as do taxpayers, parents, teachers and all the stakeholders. They shouldn't be dismissed, just as your concerns about taxes should not be dismissed. (I pay property taxes too, by the way.) It's all part of the equation of figuring out what is the best thing to do. On the one hand, we have a citizenry that is understandably resistant to paying higher taxes, especially in an economy that is recovering too slowly. Many people are struggling. I have had my own recent economic struggles. This is all true. These concerns are valid.

On the other hand, we have a 50 year-old high school unfit in a variety of ways for providing a competitive modern education. It's a school literally draining money out the windows and doors. As Miss Beck writes: "Every single problem I can name about Wa-Hi is fixed with the new design." This also is true. The concerns with Wa-Hi are valid.

So, what do we do? We share and we listen. We acknowledge the challenge, and ultimately we decide 'to do or not to do.' I have no "passion for spending other people's money." It's my money too -- and it's their kids, grand kids, church kids, and community too. For me, after weighing all of the voices, including yours and Miss Beck's, I will choose 'to do.' The needs are too great to ignore and the rewards too exciting.

Posted 26 January 2013, 5:54 p.m. Suggest removal

Ropehorse says...

Namvet60, I think he has a teleprompter !!

Posted 28 January 2013, 10:50 a.m. Suggest removal

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