We must equip our students for life


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School today are not being given the equipment necessary to succeed in school and life because Wa-Hi is embarrassingly out of date: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.

Colby Burke

Walla Walla



fatherof5 says...

This is a good analogy, Colby, and a solid summary of what this bond will do for our kids.

Posted 28 January 2013, 1:04 p.m. Suggest removal

fatherof5 says...

Namvet? Barracuda? Pretty persuasive letter, don't you think? I bet you wish you could have your ballot back, namvet.

Posted 28 January 2013, 6:53 p.m. Suggest removal

Commonsense01 says...

We aren't sending our troops into battle prepared. Have you read the cuts being made to defense? Sacrificng life for freedom far exceeds a fancy shiny school full of "wants". Address the needs.
You say the school pays $20,000.00 to rent Borleske. How about applying for a loan and using that $20,000.00 per year to pay it off, that money is already allocated. Then when the track is PIF ( a couple years) . Use the $20,000.00 for capitol improvements each year. This bond is outrageous. Telling kids its ok to spend $ cause the credit card has low rates is irresponsible and asking "property owners" to be the credit card is one sided.
Wa-Hi looses 500+ students within the next two years, overcrowding isn't an issue. College Place, WWCC Skills Center, WWCC Running Start, WWCC AEP, those funneled to Lincoln because they don't fit the staus quo at Wa-Hi and finally the online highschool bill that allows student to get a diploma from home. Kids can learn when taught, the building doesn't make them smarter, dedicated instructors do. Furniture, Equipment etc.. all items that can be applied for in grants. Time for someone to sharpen a pencil and start applying for grants.
Send your kids to college they don't have lockers they too use book bags, & backpacks.
I wanted to be in the band as a kid, my parents couldn't afford an insturment.. I survived..my parents didn't go ask the neighbors next door to sacrifice thier life style to buy me an insturment.
The bond is outrageous and needs to be reduced by about 40 million

Posted 29 January 2013, 12:02 p.m. Suggest removal

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