Etcetera - 1/21/13

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Mick Miller, superintendent of Walla Walla Public Schools and Betsy Adkins, his administrative assistant, gave a presentation to members of Sunrise Rotary during their recent breakfast meeting.

On the table is a $48 million bond to fund modernization of Walla Walla High School. State matching funds of $21.6 million would account for the remainder of the $69.6 million total cost. Mick gave a walking tour of Wa-Hi via video and distributed a Wa-Hi bond fact sheet.

Renovations would renovate Wa-Hi buildings, built in 1963, to increase the number and size of classrooms, improve insulation and replace single-pane windows to reduce energy usage.

In addition, the number of entry doors would be reduced from 120 to 16, greatly improving security for students and staff.

The Feb. 12 bond election requires a 60 percent majority to pass. If successful, construction could begin by the summer of 2014 and be completed by the winter of 2016.

Another Walk of Wa-Hi is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday. More information is available online at www.wwps.org.


Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force honored local law enforcement, businesses and community partners at its 13th annual awards and recognition event Jan. 17.

Community members nominated those who have gone above and beyond in promoting traffic safety in the county, said Nancy McClenny-Walters, Target Zero manager with the task force.

Recipients include Nelson Irrigation, business leadership; Alvaro Lamprea, citizen activist; Debbie Kelley, community/government program; Judge Kristian Hedine, legislative leadership; Adan Escobar, media awareness; Garrison Middle School, educational outreach, for efforts to educate students, staff and parents about school zone safety; Sgt. Todd Smith, law enforcement; and Deputy Gerrod Martin and Officer Tim Bennett, Super Star Award

Top DUI Enforcement Officers for 2012 were Trooper Shawn Williams, Washington State Patrol; Officer Jeremy Pellicer, Walla Walla Police Department; Officer Allan Thonney, College Place Police Department; and Deputy Gerrod Martin, Walla Walla Sheriffs Office. They led their departments in removing people driving under the influence or other drugs from county highways, roads and streets before tragedy occurred.

“These officers have made it a priority to help keep our roadways safe for all of us in Walla Walla County,” Nancy said.

Victim Impact Panel speakers Nina Conn, Gerrod Martin and Alvaro Lamprea were recognized for volunteering time to speak at monthly Victim Impact Panels. They share their personal stories involving serious DUI collisions or fatalities.

Garrison Principal Gina Yonts said in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter that “It’s such an honor to have the work we’ve done around getting kids to and from school safely recognized by our community.

“We have worked to have our drop-off areas clearly marked before and after school, school staff supervision in all traffic areas, crossing guards present, used our GNN school news broadcasts to re-teach expected front-of-school-drop-off and pick up procedures ...

“Our parents and students have done the lion’s share of the work.”

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