Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Capitol Bond: new high school

Speaking of tight budgets, guess what we are trying to do in our little community? You got it, put a big Capitol Bond on the ballot for a new high school next spring.

I can't imagine a worse time to try something like this with this economic recession and all. But, what are we going to do?

Our high school is in deplorable shape. There are myriad problems including blatant code violations all over the place and we have been slapping band-aids on it for some 20 years. It's understandable. No one wants to pull the 79 Million dollar trigger. Ouch. Well, that is what it costs these days.

Apparently, at the school board meeting last night a veritable broo-haha went down. 3 out of 5 school board member refused to vote on moving forward with a proposal vote. They wanted to table the bond proposal until the next meeting. Yet more feet dragging, you know, how we got into this problem in the first place. I heard all this 2nd hand but I guess the packed house audience stood up and started yelling at the 3 "feet dragging" board members and furiously stomped out of there. Tears were shed, emotional raving, and local newspaper person scuttling and getting statements.

Wow! High drama on little old Vashon. Needless to say, lots of feathers are ruffled. I don't really care. I know they will have to put the bond measure on the ballot eventually and I know I will support it. Yea it hurts. Yea it is a horrible time to have to do it. But, I will support it because I believe in real investment in our kids education and upgraded buildings and classrooms and technologies are all part of that.

So there.

2 comments:

Heidi on Vashon said...

I was asked to be on the "cheer squad" for this initiative but felt really uncomfortable getting behind it. Too much to ask for at too bad a time. I said no. I will not be popular with the PTSA and the moms who I sit with at my kids' games.

Shea's Mom said...

Yes, so was I. I will be supporting it but can relate to your reasoning. I have offered to be a staging area for signs...and thats about it. I am not going to guilt anyone out about this one.

I do support it but it really is a horrible time to be asking.

Don't let the PTSA types get you in a wrinkle.

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