Support Wa-Hi bond for good of community

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A few weeks ago, I heard Superintendent Mick Miller talk about the upcoming bond issue to remodel Walla Walla High School.

One benefit he mentioned in passing didn’t particularly register with me at the time — that the remodeling project would reduce the number of entrances to the school and provide improved security. The value of that security upgrade certainly seems more important to me today.

I did not attend Wa-Hi, nor do I have any relatives who have ever attended. However, I know we have one of the nation’s best community colleges, one of the nation’s best four-year liberal arts colleges and a first-class religiously affiliated university.

If we want to continue building our reputation for first-rate education as a component of our quality of life, it only makes sense to me to continue investing in the infrastructure of our public school system.

Our future prosperity as a community depends on the educational achievements of our young people, and our young people depend on our community to give them the tools they need to be successful, productive, and thoughtful contributors to our community in the future.

That sounds like a fair deal to me. For the good of our entire community, I urge all voters to support the Wa-Hi bond issue in February.

Bart Preecs

Walla Walla

Comments

mytwocents 1 year, 9 months ago

70 million on a redo of WaHi???? What do we have here a bunch of displaced overspending congressmen???? Good god.. I don't thinkthateven st Mary's has spent that much on their upgrades ...it is a ridiculous amount, and I will not vote on it....

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fatherof5 1 year, 9 months ago

With all due respect, mytwocents, the learning conditions for current students at Wa-Hi are ridiculous, as is the money we taxpayers spend each year heating those highly inefficient buildings. Remember, Wa-Hi is a huge high school. Have you priced out building a new, comprehensive high school recently? Yes, it's a lot of money, but this isn't out of line at all for the scope of what needs to be done. Think of the kids. If we want to prepare them to compete with the rest of the region, then we should support this bond.

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