I’m convinced there is a conspiracy going on with this latest Walla Walla High School bond issue proposal. In fact this conspiracy permeates every corner of the Walla Walla Public Schools. It starts with the School Board and runs through the administration, to the teachers and the support staff. I saw it first when I was a kindergarten student at Green Park. I saw it at Pioneer and at Wa-Hi. I’ve been a willing pawn of this widespread conspiracy for the past 20 years, assisting the past three superintendents to help identify physical plant repair and replacement priorities.
How could I be sucked into this conspiracy you ask? Pretty simple, the conspiracy is so basic, it’s right in front of us and we seem to ignore it and take it for granted.
Here it is — from top to bottom in the district we have people who care about educating the kids in our community above all else. It’s not just a job for them, it’s a passion and a lifetime dedication.
They work long days, often in difficult conditions, to make a difference in the life of a child. They turn out some of the most outstanding and well-educated people you will find anywhere in the world.
When they ask for our support to help them do their job, it’s not a selfish act. They are asking for better tools that will help them do a better job of teaching their kids. Yes, “their kids.” Talk to a teacher, and you will hear them speak as though the kids they teach are their own. That’s how deeply they care.
I’ve read accusations that the buildings at Wa-Hi have not been maintained properly or that the proposed construction plans are extravagant, excessive or not well thought out. Not so.
The School Board and administration have listened to the voters and crafted a plan based upon what the voters have told them they want. The plan is more limited in scope than many would like, and no plan is perfect, but it addresses the most urgent needs at Wa-Hi and it’s a good compromise.
The process has worked and now it’s time we do our part to support the plan, and by doing so, show our teacher friends and neighbors that we value the work they do.
Please join me in voting to support the Wa-Hi Bond.