In regard to the letter to the editor by Kelly Cox published Tuesday.
I can assure readers the decision to place a new science building on the spring ballot was as big a surprise to the Walla Walla Public Schools Facilities Task Force members as it was to them.
No further discussion on that matter, but I would certainly hope the message is clear to all. The voting, paying public is only going to want to take bite-sized, affordable pieces in the necessary remodeling of Walla Walla High School.
The other thing that should now be very clear to all is that every measure should be openly shared with the public for at least 90 days prior to any measures being put on the ballot in order to have widespread public understanding to gain support. The Task Force has, and will remain, open to helping share any future proposals with the public before any vote is considered.
The public is most welcome to attend any future task force meetings. Most of the Task Force members understand that there are affordability limits as we move through the list directing scarce resources toward meeting school district structural priorities.
I have confidence the needed updates will take place, but it will also take time.
The bare fact remains that none of this can be accomplished beyond the ability of the taxpayer to afford it.
WPS Facilities Task Force member