Modernizing Walla Walla High School will help us better serve students. We can increase teaching space to help educate students and build a stronger community.
Each year, students enter Wa-Hi and faculty help prepare them to compete in the 21st century using a space designed for education before 1964. Please help us modernize Wa-Hi and vote yes on Feb. 12!
Students will become more competitive in global job markets. We pack 21st century learning into classrooms that contained a slide projector, chalk board and record player in 1964.
Today's students need to work on computers, have Wi-Fi access for their tablets and Kindles, view complex math, science, technology and world events on computer projectors, and complete science labs in safe environments. Let's hardwire computers, LCD projectors, document cameras and other technology in classroom walls, versus running wires across floors beneath rubber mats and cord covers that collect dust and serve as trip hazards.
Administrators, counselors and teachers do a good job planning schedules that allow us to work with 1,850 students each day. However, students need more space to eat lunch. On November 25th, we returned from Thanksgiving break. It was 30 degrees outside with freezing fog. I walked toward the Commons from the Academic Building at Lunch time. A group of young ladies were seated on the cold, hard concrete braving freezing weather conditions while eating lunch.
They will eat outside all winter because the Commons at Wa-Hi is filled to capacity and does not have enough space for all students to eat comfortably.
Finally, our single-pane windows, two staff bathrooms in the Academic Building for over 150 adults, yellow florescent lights, "antique" desks with chairs attached from 1964, open metal grates filled with dust and large spiders, bathroom sinks that only run cold water (even after the janitors fix them), and classrooms that are 80 degrees by 9 a.m. in August, September, October, April, May and June, need your attention.
Wa-Hi outlasted people's expectations thanks to the great care given to it by faculty, staff, students, administration and all of the countless people who have repaired things at Wa-Hi since 1964.
We have an outstanding community. Wa-Hi needs modernizing -- your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren need it. Vote yes Feb. 12!