Letter - Construction business owner supports Wa-Hi bond

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As a Walla Walla High School Class of 1997 graduate and father of four young boys, I strongly support the April 22 bond to build a new science building at Wa-Hi.

I was raised in Walla Walla and now own a construction business. I value everything this community has provided for me and my family and I want to give back so it continues to thrive in the 21st century.

Our children need the resources and support to compete in today’s global economy. Quality school systems bring business to our town and help small business owners like me grow their companies.

School construction projects also stimulate the local economy. Although the general contractor is often from a larger city, many local sub-contractors and area suppliers get work from these projects.

I coach youth soccer in our community and have the privilege to work with many talented kids. They are ready to lead our next generation as doctors, engineers and scientists. This journey begins in the home and at our local schools.

The school district listened to the community by focusing on its greatest needs, phasing the project and lowering the cost.

The price is reasonable too at $5 per month for a $200,000 home. Join me and my wife Vanessa in voting “yes” on the April 22 Wa-Hi bond.

Phil Shivell

Walla Walla

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