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PTSA supports Riverview bond measure
Hopefully, by now many readers in the Riverview School District
have heard of the "Physical Education (PE) and Athletic Field & Track
Bond" which will be on the Nov. 7 election ballot. The 00-01 Cedarcrest
PTSA formally endorses and fully supports this measure, which seeks to
remedy the current inequities afflicting the quality of educational and
extracurricular programs offered to students at Cedarcrest and to expand
opportunities for organized field sports for Tolt Middle School.
Would anyone care to explain the school's inability to test PE
students in running or many field events? Can someone justify why the track
and cross-country athletes must resort to running around through
neighborhoods and are forced to risk long term bone and joint damage
commonly caused by running on concrete surfaces? How do you console the
football and soccer players who are repeatedly confronted with forfeiting
their home-field advantage when competitors refuse to come play, due to
safety issues directly linked to the substandard and overused conditions of
the Tolt field? Once is embarrassing, twice is demoralizing and the third time
is utterly pathetic. Add to that the increased travel hours negatively
impacting time spent on academics and with family. The list continues
Equally significant is that even for the most outstanding faculty
members and motivated students, it is humanly impossible to overcome the
consequences resulting from the absence of adequate on-site athletic facilities.
This is a classic case of "matter over mind".
Furthermore, track and field should not remain the only field
sport available to our elementary students from Stillwater, Carnation and
Cherry Valley upon their arrival at the middle school. Since Cedarcrest and
other organized community sports place maximum allowable stress on the
already fragile Tolt field, Tolt has no choice but to cope with restricted
access for its own students.
This bond is drastically scaled down from the previous
proposal ($2.995 million vs. $6.5 million, $.13 per $1000 assessed value vs. $.38
and $26 per year vs. $78 for a home valued at $200,000) and will fund an
all-season field and track with modest necessities (restrooms, coaches
box, bleachers and concessions stand), while making a healthy start to a
complete athletic complex at Cedarcrest. It should be emphasized that
expiring bonds enable the overall average tax rate for school levies and bonds in
this district to be maintained at or below $5 per $1000 assessed value.
The time to "even the playing field" for our children, and the
community support needed to make it a reality, is long overdue. Our kids
are putting forth their best effort to reach their potential and become
productive citizens. Shouldn't we live up to our end of the bargain by giving them
our best? Thank you, in advance, for your support! Remember, "not
voting" serves as a "no" vote.
CHS PTSA president