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PUYALLUP: Portables pose several problems

Letter by Lorraine Hirakawa, Puyallup on Jan. 28, 2013 at 11:22 am with No Comments »
January 28, 2013 3:14 pm

I am writing in support of the Puyallup School District’s Feb. 12 bond issue.

For the last three years, I taught in one of the many portables in the school district. What looks like plenty of room when empty quickly fills up when 36 to 38 full-grown adults take seats.

Currently, 4,000 students spend at least a part of their day in a portable classroom. Passing the bond measure would provide additional classrooms at all three high schools and expand (or replace) four elementary schools.

Additionally, portables are difficult to secure. With only one way in and out, emergency situations make evacuation difficult and time-consuming.

Portables are away from the building, making it difficult to plan shelter during drills and difficult to secure in the event of lockdowns. Passing the bond will make it easier to keep our students safe and protected inside the school building.

Not only are the portables crowded and a safety concern, but they are also an energy drain on the district’s budget. Heating and cooling is frequently inefficient and, as many students can tell you, portables are almost always too hot or too cold. Passing the bond will save the district money in energy efficiency.

Decreasing the number of portables in our district is best for our students. Passing the bond will make an impact on the safety of our students, provide a more conducive learning environment and save the school district money wasted on extra energy bills.

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