Do we have to wait until Walla Walla High School is condemned to justify fixing it?
Yes, the Wa-Hi campus is beautiful, but inside that brick facade is a dilapidated, outdated school.
Yes, it’s a very big project, but if we did little bits at a time it would take forever and cost a lot more because interest rates are really low right now.
Yes, it’s a lot of money, but some things, like the new track on campus, will save the district gas money (by eliminating the need to bus kids to Borleske Stadium). And replacing the energy-wasting buildings (particularly the portables) will save on winter heating costs. (Ah yes, the portables: Aren’t they supposed to be “temporary” buildings?)
Yes, more bathrooms, covered walkways and AC don’t lead directly to improved academic achievement, but for those kids who don’t want to be in school in the first place, improved comfort can be an inspiration. (Besides, we are not in a Third World country. Why should kids have to suffer to get educated, and teachers have to suffer to teach? There is no value in unnecessary suffering.)
Also, I think we agree on one thing: It’s undeniable that the science building is not sufficient to teach modern-day science. It is an embarrassment and impedes learning. Science is the future for our kids and our country. Don’t condemn their future!
Finally, don’t be a Grinch when it comes to the children in our community. Treat them well, as you would like to be treated. My daughters will be long gone by the time the remodel is done, but I know my future is tied to the future of all children in Walla Walla.
Build a bright future for everyone, vote “yes” on the Wa-Hi bond.