Monday, January 28, 2013
Would you send our nation’s troops into combat without the proper equipment to see them safely through their journey and their return home? Then why would we choose to not provide the children of our community with the proper tools and equipment needed to succeed in life?
The children who are graduating from Walla Walla High School today are not being given the equipment necessary to succeed in school and life because Wa-Hi is embarrassingly out of date:
The classrooms are far too small for the number of students who enter them every day at only 800 square feet for 30-plus students.
The science facilities are not adequate enough to teach the current curriculum. They have not been updated in nearly 50 years.
The athletic track at Wa-Hi is unsafe and the school district’s insurance agent recommends it not be used. We spend $20,000 per year busing students to Borleske for track & field practice.
The lockers don’t work. Students carry all of their school equipment (books and otherwise) on their backs.
There are 120 entrances to the school from the outside creating a very unsafe environment.
There is no air-conditioning, and the classrooms become sweltering in the warmer months of the school year.
There is no technology infrastructure, putting our children at a great disadvantage.
And these are only some of the items on a very long list. The plans to address all of these items and more are very responsible. If we wait to do this at a later date, it will only cost us more. Interest rates are at an all-time low, construction costs are low, and the cost per taxpayer is low. If this does not get done now, it will have to be done later at some point at a greater cost to you as a taxpayer and to the children of this community.
It is our responsibility as taxpayers in this community to support the education needs of our children. Your elders supported you as you went through school, it is now our turn to support the youths of this community. Please join me in voting “yes” for Wa-Hi in the bond election on Feb. 12 so we can be proud of the school we are sending our children to.