Local track record on school construction solid

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Walla Walla Public Schools has an excellent track record in remodeling and constructing its schools. In the past 15 years I have witnessed Green Park, Sharpstein and Edison be transformed.

Careful consideration was made to optimize atmosphere and space for student learning and future growth.

If it passes, the current proposal for Walla Walla High School will be no exception. The focus of the suggested plan is to make each classroom optimally conducive to the subject taught.

In most cases this means larger classrooms for engaging in group projects or labs. Drama will have a new classroom constructed as opposed to conducting every class on the stage.

All science classrooms will have sinks and adequate outlets and other technical support for using equipment for experiments. All classrooms will be regulated in terms of temperature with an improved HVAC system.

Students will no longer have to be in portables with minimal natural light; the entire construction will provide increased natural light (replacing single pane windows) helping to bring the campus to energy efficient standards.

Each classroom will also be greatly enhanced by creating a wireless network for increased access to technology.

In addition, the new construction will provide an interior space for students to gather, before and after school.

Working with the pre-existing structure and maintaining the beautiful campus makes the project cost effective.

Check out everything you ever wanted to know about this proposal at wwps.org. The renovation of Walla Walla High School is overdue. Vote “yes” to acknowledge Wa-Hi students’ capabilities and provide them a better environment to engage in learning.

Mary Ann Duffy

Walla Walla

Comments

fatherof5 1 year, 6 months ago

Ms. Duffy's point about the district's track record of successful remodeling projects is a great point. I appreciate how the old architecture has been preserved, while making the interior functional for the 21st century.

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oldguyonabike 1 year, 6 months ago

Sharpstein, Edison and Greenpark have been projects that residents of Walla Walla valley can be proud. Our history values education and children. Wa-Hi should also represent commitment to our future.

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barracuda 1 year, 6 months ago

I'm sorry... Does anyone remember the last time we had a "left over" sum of money after a school levy? . We ended up with a bus barn and plant maintenance facility.... All without our permission or authority! . They absolutely have shown they are out to get as much as possible without any thought of asking their supervisors (we the taxpayers) what they need to do with the excess money. . If I remember correctly, WWPD and WWFD building's were built and the excess was returned to the taxpayers... Anyone remember if this is correct? I cannot seem to find it anywhere on the net.... Anyone?

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briandohe 1 year, 6 months ago

I'm pleased that the School Board has publicly committed to returning any excess funds.

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oldguyonabike 1 year, 6 months ago

Not totally correct. I believe the WWPD bond paid for a new ladder truck for the WWFD. WWPD, WWFD, WWPS all need better management of money. I truly believe this message has been sent to WWPS and the Wa-Hi bond will be devoid of shenanigans. Vote for a better Wa-Hi.

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barracuda 1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks, I couldnt find it on-line. Sounds like WW City council is no better than WWPS Board!

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fatherof5 1 year, 6 months ago

As was mentioned above, the school board voted to return any excess funds to the taxpayers. So, this is a non-issue for this bond.

As a side note, you might be interested to know that the district saves tens of thousands of dollars each year due to the added efficiencies of the new transportation facility from the other bond. It was a good investment.

Regardless, the criticism has been that those funds shouldn't have been used for that purpose without explicit consent from the public. Fair enough. It appears that the board has learned this lesson, so if you want to make this an issue, it should actually be another a reason to support the bond, not to criticize it.

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Doceo 1 year, 6 months ago

Barracuda - You are constantly referring to a different protocol for addressing excess bond funds. You are correct that the school district replaced a dilapidated and dangerous facility with the remaining bond funds from the Edison election. Now district employees have much safer and effective working environment. This is almost as bad as a bridge to nowhere in Alaska!!! (sarcasm intended) The school board has clearly indicated that they will return any excess funds related to the upcoming bond that will only be used for updating the high school. You are beating a dead horse. It is dead, dead, dead. Move on!

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barracuda 1 year, 6 months ago

The dead horse still is a dead horse! Sorry, They lost my family and friends votes for several reasons... This is one of them! It all comes down to trust... They have shown their colors... Lets hope if this passes they can stand up to their word... Then the trust can come back!

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Doceo 1 year, 6 months ago

Well, I am sorry that the school district has lost your trust and I hope that it can be regained in part by the appropriate use of Wa-Hi bond funds.

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