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SCHOOLS: Bond vital for Peninsula schools

Letter by Jill Johnson and Michael Wilson, Gig Harbor on Jan. 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm | 8 Comments »
January 24, 2011 12:52 pm

We are writing to support Peninsula School District’s 2011 capital bond.

A cornerstone to the academic health and welfare of our children is providing quality, safe and secure educational facilities. We are privileged to have a school district with exceptionally skilled and passionate teachers, staff, administration and school board. Our school buildings and facilities, however, are not in great condition since the district has only had one capital bond in the last 20 years.

It is the responsibility of our community to step forward and approve school capital funding initiatives. Our school buildings and facilities are not used solely for educating our children; they are also used by numerous community organizations, so funding this capital bond will truly be an investment in our community.

Although we are facing a challenging economic environment, the timing to pursue capital bond funding is excellent. The benefits are: historically low municipal bond market, favorable construction climate; job creation that will help boost our local economy.

Passing this bond measure will allow us to continue to provide our children with a quality education. Without bond funds, school facilities will either receive no attention or the district will have to siphon monies from its general fund to “duct tape” facility problems. Proper funding of capital programs will help the district avoid fiscal emergencies and future unplanned capital costs.

We owe our support to our children and community to pass this vital measure. A yes vote will have lasting impact.

(Johnson and Wilson are co-chairs of Citizens for Peninsula Schools.)

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