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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 | 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 The district claimed it could no longer get the parts for its outdated heating system and could not afford it.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.

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