Doceo 11 months ago on Letter - Spending of School District reserves questioned

I just returned from the Northwest AP Institute held at Interlake high school in Bellevue, Wa. If our community only knew what our kids are missing due to our unacceptable facilities. A new AP physics text can cost upwards of $200.00. I will make due with free online resources instead. A working wireless system will help as I rely upon students to provide their own technology in the classroom.


Doceo 1 year, 1 month ago on Walla Walla school bond defeated

I would like to thank the many volunteers who worked to help pass this bond. Though the wishes of the majority were not enough to make a new science building a reality, we fought the good fight and we will regroup, re-evaluate and try again. Our students and children are as worthy of 21st century facilities as any other student in Eastern Washington. Kudos to Ruth Ladderud, Mark Higgins, Derek Sarley, Dan Reid, fatherof5 and many others. I know that you are all committed to improving our community and I stand with you.


Doceo 1 year, 1 month ago on Letter - Burden of funding schools is shared by all

I gathered this data from a UB article published on February 18th, 2012 and the WWPS Bond Proposal. The bond to build the new College Place high school is set at $2.70 per $1,000 of assessed value. Should a super majority of voters pass the WWPS bond, the total bond rate for those paying taxes in the Walla Walla School District will be a total of $1.53 per $1,000. According to my calculations Walla Walla voters will pay $1.17 less per $1,000 compared to their neighbors in College Place. Though Walla Walla will have two bonds on the books tax payers will be paying significantly less.


Doceo 1 year, 1 month ago on Letter - Will students be brainwashed with scientism?

Currently the vast majority of students enrolled at Wa-Hi take three years of science. Soon all of them will take three years as per Washington State requirements. Also, please share the resource from which gleaned this fascinating data. As a scientist, I find it necessary to develop my own conclusions from the source data.


Doceo 1 year, 1 month ago on Letter - All of Wa-Hi could be updated for $10 million

...says the man who taught in one of the newer facilities on the campus. One wonders how he would have felt about teaching auto mechanics in the old Park Street building prior to the construction of the much newer vocational building. Updating only goes so far. If the science building is remodeled for science, walls need to be moved, rooms need to be rewired and plumbed etc.

Architects have provided the cost estimates for both a remodel of the entire science building and the cost to build a new building. These professionals have determined that it is more cost effective to build a new science building as opposed to remodeling the old building and adding additional new science classrooms.

When there is a problem with my car I take it to a certified mechanic and pay careful attention to their advice. I generally follow the advice I have been given and get the car repaired or about every 10 or 15 years I even replace that old car. Why should we take a different approach regarding the advice provided by professional architects?


Doceo 1 year, 1 month ago on Letter - Here’s how we can pass all school bonds

Mr. Hagen, could this new model of yours work for income tax or perhaps social security? Maybe even sales tax. I could pay taxes for the things that only benefit my interests directly. Interesting concept.


Doceo 1 year, 1 month ago on Wa-Hi science building is in good shape

First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Simmons for taking the time to come down to the Wa-Hi for the science building open house. Though we are not in agreement regarding the needs of the science building I have a great respect for people when they work to explore the important issues that that we all face as an electorate.

Here is where I differ with Mr. Simmons. The district has engaged skilled architects to make make predictions about how much it would cost to remodel the existing science building and to build a new structure. According to the architects it will cost approximately 5 million dollars less to build a new stand alone science building when compared to remodeling the entire existing building. With all due respect, I am not sure how Mr. Simmons is qualified to make a judgement as to how much money it will cost to remodel the existing building. I would like to go down to O'Brien's and pick up a new truck for $10,000. That's not going to happen. Please join me in voting yes for the bond to construct a new science building on April 22nd.


Doceo 1 year, 1 month ago on Letter - Do not support public schools

According to a recent UN fact sheet on the millennium development goal to end poverty, 86 countries do not yet have even universal primary education. Perhaps you might be more comfortable living in one of these nations?


Doceo 1 year, 1 month ago on Letter - Why are property taxes going up so much?

Barracuda, your use of data got me interested in your post here. I suppose that it is the science teacher in me. I decided to take a look at the taxes for my home.

It turns out that the assessed value of my home is $223,600 as per the Walla Walla County Tax Sifter site. My county property tax bill is $3,015.18. 36.5% of the total tax is distributed to the public schools which puts my family's tax contribution to the local school system at $1,099.62. At the current bond rate of $1.23 per $1,000 of assessed value we are currently paying $275.03 per year for the current bond obligation. This works out to $22.92 per month.

Should the bond for a new science building be passed on April 22nd, our bond obligation will increase to $343.11 per year. This is an increase of $68.08 for a year which works out to an increase of $5.68 per month.


Doceo 1 year, 1 month ago on Letter - Provide tools for success for students

Your reflection on your father's outlook on life was wonderful. Thank you for sharing.