The Peninsula School District, by any criteria, is a superb district. It is recognized for its graduates, excellent educators, and supportive parents and community.
When a delegation from China, representing the Tsinghua School in Beijing, was searching for a school district in the United States to partner with, it chose Peninsula. After the Chinese visited school districts in California, Oregon and Washington, Peninsula was selected because the delegation was most impressed with our students, the quality of our schools and our community.
To maintain the high standards of the Peninsula schools it is necessary to ask the citizens to support the upcoming levy. Unfortunately, the state does not provide adequate funding to schools.
I became the superintendent after the district went through several years of failed levies. Those years had a severe negative impact on the district, and neither the district nor the community should ever again experience the consequences of a failed levy. I am forever grateful to the taxpayers for supporting the levies during my tenure.
I strongly encourage the citizens of the Key Peninsula and Gig Harbor to support students and teachers in the upcoming levy. Good schools and good communities are a sound investment.
(Coolican is a former Peninsula School District superintendent.)