The current Walla Walla High School science building has two classrooms updated approximately four or five years ago. These updates allowed these two rooms to be used extensively as computer classrooms.
Since there was no air conditioning, a requirement for the heat put out by the computers, the rooms were air-conditioned and the room ceilings sealed to aid the AC. A new lighting system was also installed. The cost to update these two classrooms in the science building was close to $35,000. This remodeling was done over the summer.
The science building is right next to where I taught for 10 years. I’ve been in the physics and chemistry classrooms for meetings, substituting and passing through.
I retired from the Walla Walla School District last year after teaching the automotive program at Wa-Hi for 10 years. The automotive facility is outstanding and updated.
We did not build a new building because items were outdated. We updated the facilities.
Somehow, the school district managed to remodel Sharpstein and Green Park. For the $10 million being requested, perhaps all the Wa Hi classrooms could be remodeled (at the above cost) rather than constructing one new building, which benefits only the science department.
Remember, the student body at Wa Hi will soon be losing nearly 400 students to the new College Place High School.
This will reduce the Wa-Hi enrollment to approximately 1,400 students. This is nearly the student population for which Walla Walla High School was originally designed.
Vote “no” on the bond.