I raised my children in a small city near downtown Los Angeles where the first thing prospective residents, including my husband and me, looked at were school testing scores and school facilities.
This city’s residents knew that No. 1 we wanted our children to have top-notch educations. We had the best teachers because they felt safe, had children who valued education and had parents who did what was necessary to attract and retain good teachers.
When the Internet came in, I worked with other parents to string Internet cable for the schools, library and City Hall. We knew that if we wanted to keep our property values up, we needed to keep our residences, our city and especially the schools well maintained.
I don’t understand Walla Walla’s shortsightedness.
To delay making necessary Walla Walla High School improvements will only be more expensive in the future. Furthermore if this city wants to attract Key Technology-type businesses, Whitman College-quality professors and high-caliber teachers, it needs to have excellent schools with up-to-date facilities. Who wants to teach in a drafty school with subpar chemistry labs? Sounds like we prefer to compete with Third World countries.