Saturday, January 26, 2013
Please join me in voting yes for the Walla Walla High School modernization bond.
Vote yes so Wa-Hi classrooms will have air conditioning and better heating. When I taught at Wa-Hi in the 1990s, hot classrooms made learning nearly impossible on sweltering days in August, September, May and June. Still today, nearly all instructional spaces at Wa-Hi lack air conditioning.
Vote yes to allow larger classrooms that will accommodate creative and collaborative teaching and learning environments. Currently, many Wa-Hi classrooms are so small that once 32 student desks are put in place, teachers cannot move around the classroom easily to provide one-on-one assistance to students.
Vote yes to give students access to science labs and technology necessary to compete for college admission and jobs in the 21st century.
Vote yes to ensure a safer and more manageable Wa-Hi. The nearly 200 outside entrances in the current Wa-Hi are simply too many. The remodeled school will have about 20 or fewer outside doors.
Vote yes to provide Wa-Hi music students and drama students with better spaces for practice and learning.
Vote yes to build an all-weather track that will get students outside during PE and stop the absurd cost of bussing kids to track & field practice across town at Martin Field.
Vote yes because interest rates are at historic lows, making now an ideal time to borrow money.
Now is the time to improve Walla Walla High School. The plans for a remodeled Wa-Hi take into consideration the decrease in students caused by the building of College Place High School. In addition, the district listened to community members and developed a practical plan that maintains the open, park-like concept of the current Wa-Hi. The plan does not include a football stadium or swimming pool because voters made it clear they don’t want those expenses now.
From the outside, Walla Walla High School is postcard perfect. Before voting on this bond, please acquaint yourself with the sorry state of the inside of Wa-Hi.
Please vote yes so that when visitors comment on the beautiful setting of Wa-Hi, we can all answer by saying, “Thank you. Our community supports our schools, and now the inside of the school is just as amazing as the outside.”