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Jeff, thank you for all of the years of outstanding, photographs. Your work will be keenly missed by many of us in the valley. I hope you find much joy in your retirement.
Way to go big blue soccer! On to Spokane.
This was a great article. Walla Walla certainly has a long history of opposition to school projects at various times. It is interesting to note that the oldest parts of the Park street school were used for about 60 years by the school district before Wa-Hi moved to its present campus. I wonder if people were writing letters to the editor in 1962 about poor maintenance and needs vs. wants?
I suspect that the buildings on the current Wa-Hi campus will be used for well over 100 years. I have no doubt the community will come together to pass some sort of a construction bond within the next few years. I hope that we avoid our tendency to under build schools in Walla Walla. Sometimes poor construction decisions have made in order to save money. The science labs were too small in 1964 and will remain too small no matter how many students attend Wa-Hi. The auditorium has been undersized from the beginning. Some years this space cannot hold an entire class. The bleachers in the Green Park gym cannot be used during a basketball game as the bleachers extend into the gym floor!
Anyhow, I have faith that Wa-Hi construction will move forward at some point. Let's work together to balance physical plant needs and economic realities to provide a better school for our students.
Congratulations are in order for the communities of Richland and Touchet. This was an unfortunate loss for the citizens of Walla Walla. At some point a bond will pass to renovate the high school. I hope that interest rates and construction costs per square foot won't be too much higher at that time.
Both the number of teachers and administrators will be reduced when the CP high school opens. The number of students enrolled dictates the number of school employees. Some of the reduction in staff will be due to attrition though there could be a reduction in force (RIF) as well. The CP school district is under no obligation to hire any Walla Walla Public School Employees.
Sir, you are indeed wrong. Renee Heller is an 8th grade student at Garrison. I have had the pleasure of knowing her family for several years. She has a brother who recently graduated from Walla Walla High School which accounts for her familiarity with the school. I assure you that there is nothing nefarious regarding her letter. She serves as a fine example of a Walla Walla Public School student and there are many like her. She and many others will benefit from a modernized high school.
Mr. Donovan, I suspect that teachers and administrators would have some of the most objective observations regarding the state of the school. I concede that there will be surplus furniture when the CP students leave the system. There will be more worn out 50 year old desks from which to choose. I urge you to visit the high school and take a close look. I am certain you not find a collection of uncaring employees.
Mr. Phillips don't you live in College Place? I don't think you vote on this issue.
How about - "Come to Walla Walla and watch kids get a great education in a modern setting". They will be queued up for miles.
Well, I am sorry that the school district has lost your trust and I hope that it can be regained in part by the appropriate use of Wa-Hi bond funds.
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