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I apologize that I mispoke. Even with our bond being 50%, instead of 66%, I still feel like they are getting a better value. I think their money is easily going more than twice as far as ours. I don't care that the schools that are being built new are smalling than Wa Hi. Part of their bond is building TWO new buildings. That's brand new construction. That isn't cheap. We are remodeling.
I just think the underlying issue is that we are spending too much money. I don't agree with the bond, but I did vote yes. I want my kids to succeed, and am in a position where the property tax increase is manageable in my household. I just think that the district is asking for too much, and have a feeling that will be the sentiment of the taxpayers.
That sounds like money well spent to me. We are trying to pass a bond for approximately 2/3 of the cost, and DEFINATELY not getting the same value. Don't go quoting figures, and leaving out relevant information. Just talking about total $ amounts of the bond is not comparing apples to apples.
What does that $93M in Richland get? I looked on their website, and the works is as follows:
•Replace Lewis & Clark Elementary School
•Replace Marcus Whitman Elementary School
•Replace Sacajawea Elementary School
•Build a New Elementary School in the south/west area
•Build a New Middle School in the south/west area
•Provide educational space for HomeLink at a site to be determined (Tri-City Herald story on HomeLink)
•Retain Jefferson Elementary as a K-5 school; remove the 1953 wing and provide adequate space to serve the current K-5 enrollment
•Replace the HVAC system at Chief Joseph Middle School
•Make safety improvements at Fran Rish Stadium
I am sorry Sarah, but modernizing Wa Hi is not going to fix the problems that you mentioned. These are societal problems. These are parents not holding their children accountable, and frankly, not caring enough about them to put them on a path to success. We are a society that is filled with entitlement. We always have our hands out, wanting somebody else to do something for us.
It's time to stop blaming our societal problems on issues like Wa Hi not having Ipad's for every student. While this is an example and would be great, it is not going to stop child A from joining a gang and becoming incarcerated.
Let's take a look at society, and fix what we can there. While I am a supporter of the Wa Hi bond, I get tired of citizens making excuses. We as a society need to step up, and do something about these issues. While moderninzing Wa Hi may have a small part in helping, I think your letter is far fetched by stating that modernizing a school will keep kids out of jail.
That's what I thought also. Wa Hi was undefeated coming into this game. It's a shocker that they lost!
I don't think the issue is whether or not the money is returned to taxpayers via paying down debt or some other means. I think the issue is that the tax payers were not made aware of what was going on with the excess funds. They were not kept abreast of what was going on.
Yes sir, I have been in the current weight room. I spend 4 good years working out in there. Is it state of the art? No. Does it do what it is intended to do? Absolutely. There is no accessibility to the larger student population? How about all of the weight training classes that are offered?
I think we need to hold off also. No need to remodel a school for 2000 students, when 300-400 will be leaving in a couple of years. $60M+ is a bit much also. I understand the need, but is there a need for a new weight room and outdoor track? I question that.
Is that comment similar to Obama showing that he can't fix ANYTHING? He has proven he can sure make things much worse. Good for him. Now THAT'S something to be proud of. Go MSNBC!
I quit reading at "the failed policies of the Reagan/Bush administrations." I don't care if I agree with you or not, but don't be so damn biased. I think the above MSNBC comment is spot on.
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