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SCHOOLS: Franklin Pierce facilities need upgrades

Letter by Sharon L. Hodgins, Lake Tapps on Jan. 27, 2012 at 10:11 am with 6 Comments »
January 27, 2012 1:22 pm

Re: “Franklin Pierce levy targets overcrowding” (TNT, 1-26).

I was appalled that a middle school does not even have adequate bathrooms for its students. Only one bathroom with one stall per girl/boy is available during one of the three lunches. How can a lack of bathrooms not be a health issue?

No doubt this middle school’s building has few electrical plugs, so students cannot be taught to be use the technology our society now runs on.

My own daughter teaches in another district, and her room was so cold – in the 50s on many days – that students were wearing coats and gloves in her class. The district claimed it could no longer get the parts for its outdated heating system and could not afford it. Through the constant pushing of a new principal, the heating was somehow fixed.

We cannot expect our children to be prepared to compete in an increasingly technological and competitive world market if the buildings themselves do not allow it. Court decision after court decision has stated that we are not adequately funding our schools. But we also need to figure out how to pay for building repairs and updates.

Money used to come from logging for this purpose, but with the demise of logging, that no longer works. I pray that the citizens of Franklin Pierce will vote yes on the bond issue.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. Again, we will vote HELL NO for any and all school levies, get it???

  2. commoncents says:

    Darlin, That is your right to do as a voter. But please be prepared to have your property values decline significantly. It will only be a matter of time that those who have the means and have children will be fleeing your district and moving to those who aren’t as short-sighted as you. I can understand voting no, but not if the levy is specifically targeted to bring the schools up to a reasonable level of efficiency and effectiveness.

  3. cclngthr says:

    commoncents,
    The issue I see is, is the school system using funds efficiently, and showing taxpayers they are doing the job correctly?

    I don’t think the school districts are showing taxpayers they are doing their job adequately. When I see low test scores, this reflects their inadequate performance of what they should be doing.

  4. commenc: you are free to have NO commen sense what-so-ever and vote yes. We do still have that freedom for the bleeding hearts that probably are not property owners. As far as the levy goes they are taxing us on way more than our property is worth. At least 60% of our property tax goes for schools and you think we should pay more? Sorry, no way, no how; vote NO on school levies.

  5. cclngthr says:

    Darlin,

    As I see things; as a teacher, schools do not allow teachers to use their judgement in teaching the material; we are required to use methods that are mandated by the school system.

    Additionally, schools are top heavy with administration and stifle competition among teachers and schools.

    I work with neurotypical kids and learning for them is a one off thing where each and every kid learns very differently Not many curriculums are designed to fully meet their unique learning styles.

    I think if taxpayers could, they should be able to refuse to pay taxes on schools if they chose to.

  6. olympicmtn says:

    Stop the drama….drama queen!,,, vote No

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