Letter - Vote is about children’s future, not our past

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We cannot change the past. We can, however, impact the future.

Walla Walla has a history of a stable economy, educated work force and culture-rich, family-friendly community. We are the home of colleges, hospitals and clinics, a wide variety of businesses as well as agricultural and manufacturing centers. Recruiting and retaining new employees, professionals and entrepreneurs to our community is an essential component of our economy.

What does this have to do with the proposed Walla Walla High School science facility?

An important consideration for many prospective employees is the quality of the educational programs and condition of the school buildings. The presence and performance of good schools can make or break the decision of future employees in such fields as technology, health care, manufacturing, business or education to accept a job in our community.

I know this from personal experience as the superintendent of schools. I met frequently with job candidates who had children. They wanted to know about SAT scores, early childhood education, programs and accessible facilities for youngsters with special needs, AP courses or extracurricular activities for all students. They wanted to tour the schools. They were serious about their children’s education.

In the past, we as a community have always been serious about the education of our youngsters and the need to educate them for their future.

The need for a 21st century Wa-Hi science facility has been clearly stated. The School District administration and board members have listened to the community through public work sessions, meetings with the high school staff, building tours and community surveys. The facility proposal reflects the community input.

Now is the time for us, the voters, to act by voting for the bond. Our children don’t have time to wait any longer. We need to take this step to educate our children for their future, not our past.

If not now, when? If not us, who?

Please join me in making a commitment to the future of our children and the vitality of our community by voting “yes” for the Wa-Hi bond issue.

Ellen L. Wolf

Walla Walla

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