On Feb. 12, voters in the Walla Walla School District have an opportunity to make a significant investment in the future of their school system.
It's a decision voters have made at critical points in the past. That's why school facilities in Walla Walla reflect a long history of civic pride.
It's been several years since my wife and I had the privilege of living and working in Walla Walla, but we remain grateful for the education each of our three children received while they were students. All three are graduates of Walla Walla High School and all three went on to receive advanced degrees thanks to the foundation they received at Berney, Garrison and Pioneer.
One only has to drive through downtown Walla Walla to see what can happen when a community chooses to invest in itself and create a vibrant future at a time when too many other towns the same size are struggling to survive. Schools are an important part of the local economy and the patrons of the Walla Walla School District are fortunate the initial cost of the bond issue is not significant and within a few years it will actually be less than the current rate.
As a parent, I'm proud of the fact my daughter, Shannon Bergevin, and Craig Sievertsen, another Blue Devil graduate, are serving as co-chairs of the bond issue campaign. It's exciting when a new generation of parents, who grew up in the system and who have chosen to educate their children in Walla Walla, are willing to provide the leadership.
I'm also pleased two of my grandchildren are currently attending Walla Walla schools. I am appreciative of the voters who will step forward on Feb. 12 to help support their educational experience.