Opinion

Bond covers critical repairs across district

The school bond appearing on ballots next month will provide much-needed structural repairs and critical system upgrades to nearly every school across the Snoqualmie Valley School District.

Infrastructure improvements are needed to ensure the safety of students and protect the integrity of our community’s investment. The proposed upgrades will also save money in the long run, by adding more energy efficient systems and eliminating the ongoing repairs that currently draw from the general operating fund.

Children attending schools in the three communities of Fall City, Snoqualmie and North Bend will directly benefit from the repairs funded by this school bond.

The needs vary by school, depending on the age and condition of each building. In some cases, systems are so old that replacement parts are no longer available. Many other features have exceeded their functional lifespan and need to be replaced. Over the years, harsh weather and normal wear-and-tear have taken their toll on our facilities.

Among these critical needs are three roof replacements; upgrades to six electrical systems; widespread heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements; increased emergency power; select ceiling, flooring and painting repairs; bringing fire protection systems up to code; and adding external video surveillance where security has been an issue.

A complete list of upgrades by school is available on our district Web site at www.svsd410.org, along with other bond facts.

Next week, this column will describe how this school bond also relieves classroom overcrowding at Mount Si High School for the next few years. Some new ideas being considered to alleviate lunchroom and hallway congestion will also be shared.

Thank you again for your support of Snoqualmie Valley children and schools.

• Joel Aune is superintendent of Snoqualmie Valley School District. Call him at (425) 831-8000.

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