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I have served on the Walla Walla School District’s “Community Facility Task Force” since 1995. The Task force has worked with the School Board and administration to accomplish many needed facility improvements over the last 19 years.

Deficiencies at Walla Walla High School, especially the science facilities there, are not trivial nor have they gone unnoticed. In a 1996 report, the task force identified science room deficiencies as a priority to be resolved along with significant needs at aging Sharpstein and Edison schools.

Since completion of upgrades and replacements at those two schools, the task force has strongly advocated for major improvements at facilities for our high school students.

Now is the time to start those improvements. Now is the time to invest.

Interest rates remain at historically low levels. Construction costs will not be lower in the future. But most importantly, high school students in Walla Walla need top-notch facilities in which to learn — now!

Top-notch science labs will inspire students to explore science. Top-notch science labs will help prepare students for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs that are in demand and pay well.

Access to this kind of learning can provide hope of a brighter future for all students.

Please share the importance of this improvement at Walla Walla High School with your friends and neighbors. This is a great opportunity to invest in the future of our young people and in the future of our community. Join me in voting yes!

Jim Peterson

Walla Walla

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