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TACOMA: District keeps voters well-informed

Letter by Chuck Morrison, Tacoma on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm | No Comments »
January 31, 2013 1:30 pm

Tacoma Public Schools should be commended for its thorough effort to inform us about the 14 major school replacements and the 200 other construction needs at schools all across the city. You want details? Go to the district’s website.

A citywide mailing has to use limited space, so they summarized the lists of projects for each school. For instance, Roosevelt Elementary School has five separate important projects, Whittier Elementary has six and Skyline Elementary has eight.

You can read about them, in detail, on the district’s website. I did. Go hog wild, click on the details for each school’s needs list. Ask a neighbor if you are not a parent. Each school sent detailed information home for each school their kids attend.

One letter writer (TNT, 1-29) mentioned his trips to Giaudrone Middle School’s gym as evidence the school doesn’t need any physical education improvements. That’s because Giaudrone’s project is an all-weather track with a rubberized surface.

Tacoma expanded its athletic offerings across all its middle schools this year because evidence shows kids who engage in athletics are more engaged and committed to their schoolwork. The new track at Giaudrone will support the student athletes there. Bodies and minds, how human.

Fellow voters, please check out the school-by-school list; the needs are evident. We haven’t supported the last two Tacoma bond issues in 2006 and 2009, and the schools have fallen into greater disrepair.

Thank you, Tacoma Public Schools, for being transparent and doing right by our kids. I’m supporting Proposition 1.

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