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Rally supports $500 million Tacoma school bond vote

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on Jan. 6, 2013 at 2:33 am with 12 Comments »
January 6, 2013 2:33 am

Supporters of Tacoma’s upcoming $500 million school bond vote held a campaign kick-off rally Saturday, in anticipation of a Feb. 12 election.

The campaign announced the support of individuals and organizations throughout the Tacoma School District who are backing the proposal.

The list of 20 organizations includes the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective, Pierce County Young Democrats, the Tacoma Education Association, Korean Women’s Association, Safe Streets, the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of Realtors and others.

Co-chairs of the campaign are Dan Barkley, former deputy superintendent for the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), retired News Tribune columnist Kathleen Merryman, and former Tacoma school administrator and school board member Willie Stewart.

There are 14 schools targeted for major capital improvements under the school district plan, as well as smaller upgrades district-wide that would install new fire alarm systems; enhance buildings’ energy efficiency; fix roofs; and improve restrooms, athletic fields, playgrounds and other school district facilities.

Leave a comment Comments → 12
  1. dtacoma says:

    I doubt the economy has improved to the point here where citizens feel comfortable supporting this increase. A very modest increase to support Pierce Transit failed just a few weeks ago, so I don’t hold out much hope for this effort. Maybe next year.

  2. nwcolorist2 says:

    Hmm, among all the groups supporting the rally, I didn’t see anyone representing the Tacoma taxpayer.

  3. MrCarleone says:

    “We want lots more of your money”, but continue to plan to turn out marginal to fully illiterate students, and to welcome and condone the aberrant behaviors of all students.

    You built The Taj Mahal for the Mt.Tahoma garbage, and yet you continue to turn oyut useless human garbage ?

  4. tree_guy says:

    Hey I’m a Tacoma taxpayer and I have other plans for my money.

    I’m targeting a major capital improvement under my plan, as well as some smaller upgrades that would install new alarm systems, enhance my homes energy efficiency, fix the roof, improve the bathrooms, and the yard, our playground, and other miscellaneous items of my choosing.

  5. sincere says:

    I feel this will be another good reason to move out of Tacoma.I never realized there were so many rich people living there.But if the taxers have their way I can see the rich inhabitants becoming the poor inhabitants.

  6. tree_guy says:

    I saw the “rally” on the news. There weren’t very many people there.

  7. m9078jk3 says:

    With the numerous unsupervised vandal criminal thug kids wandering the streets at night it would be far better to build an extermination camp for them rather than spend a dime on the Tacoma School District.

  8. Why not hot tubs out in back? I had a teacher who said that the
    function of public schools was to hold the students away from
    the workforce for a few years. Do you have the money so our kids
    can live in luxury?

  9. tomwa007 says:

    You spend hendreds of millions dollars of tax money on new schools with no repair on the original infastructure.

    The School District is not a true custodian of the education of our youth and do not deserve to be paid for mismanagement of this system.

  10. I’m all for meaningful improvements to the schools . I do have a little problem with the amt of money that the school district spends for top admin people who don’t teach .We have had some good top level admin types but boy have we had some … not so good ones that didn’t seem to be worth much of the large amt we paid them . In my opinion Entrenched, poor quality , top level admin people( and some in the teachers union are probably some of the biggest threats to quality education in this city . All said I will still vote yes and pay the taxes for better schools.

  11. simonsjs says:

    Citizen, why would you go along with this? If they don’t get the money, then things will change. If you keep giving money, nothing will change. I say no more! Why would you want to burden your fellow citizen with more taxes anyway? Voting to make your neighbors pay is wrong.

  12. PumainTacoma says:

    Here are some facts that will not be printed by the TRIB.

    The Tacoma School District can advertise and post on the ballot any school they supposedly will fix under a capital bond. The fact that is not published by the paper is that the school district has no obligation to build or fix x or y school. The capital dollar amount and NOT the school to be fixed is enforced. Fact is Jim Shoemake and Dan Barkley themselves admitted to this during the 2001 bond. So go ahead and claim X Y Z school will be fixed doesn’t matter because any school bond money can be used for any construction and there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY to ensure the school that you vote for will be fxed or built!

    Educate yourself and VOTE NO. The school district is not obligated to fix any school they promise on the ballot….

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