Having led the Geiger Elementary School community at its original site as well as the mothballed Hunt Middle School, I am pleased to report that we have completely unpacked at the beautiful new Geiger Montessori School. Because of this experience, I have a unique perspective on the importance of Tacoma School District’s Proposition One.
It’s hard to explain the absence of problems, so please consider a few examples. We no longer have a leaky roof. Our boiler works. Rodents are a distant memory. Black slate chalkboards have been replaced with interactive technology systems. Our gym is separate from the lunchroom. Kindergartners no longer walk a tenth of a mile to the restroom.
We have the safest building in Tacoma, seismically speaking. Our facility is designed for teaching and learning in the 21st century, complete with shared activity areas outside each pod of classrooms, as well as several shared instructional spaces (science and computer labs, art room, teaching kitchen, gardens, library, learning courtyard and track).
Residents who raised their children here have welcomed us. They are volunteering in classrooms and teaching us the traditions they established when their children were here. Young families are buying homes to ensure a seat in the school. Our enrollment has skyrocketed from 170 to 380 in three years. The number of residents requesting a transfer to University Place has declined.
Construction of this school is transforming this community, because communities are formed around their schools. If Proposition One passes, every neighborhood in Tacoma will enjoy these gifts. Please vote yes.