It looks to me like more smoke and mirrors from the Walla Walla School Board.
In the past school bond efforts, the citizens of Walla Walla were led to believe that Walla Walla High School needed bigger classrooms, more parking, more restrooms, better heating and cooling systems, better sports facilities, among other much needed improvements to the campus.
I believe we were asked to support a $48 million school bond for all of that.
In a related matter, the citizens of Walla Walla were told that Lincoln High School should probably be demolished, and a new school built, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. Now it seems like none of those needs are really that important at the moment.
Now we are asked to support a $10 million school bond to build a new science center at Wa-Hi.
It is hard for me to accept that a new science center is the most important, and most needed improvement choice. I hope, and expect, that Walla Walla voters will reject this latest attempt by the School Board to deceive voters into voting for something they want, their pet project, and not voting for something that will benefit the majority of students.
I would support a $10 million school bond if it was for general improvements and upgrades of existing facilities. And I believe that over 60 percent of voters would support such a plan.
What we will not support is spending $10 million on one specific project, knowing that in the months and years to come, we will be asked to vote for millions of dollars for other school bonds for other perceived needs.
A general upgrade of facilities, at a reasonable cost, is what we want.
And don’t tear down Lincoln High School. It is a historic building, with adequate space for the student population. Just renovate it.
Jeffery C. Bickle