Opinion

Our children’s future

During the past four weeks, I have underscored the “basics” of the bond proposition. I’ve endeavored to inform you about overcrowding problems, repairs to school buildings, tax rates and long-term facilities planning processes. While conveying this information to those in our community is important, this bond proposition is most essentially about our students. It is about ensuring that they receive a stellar educational experience that will prepare them for successful futures.

The fundamental purpose of our schools is to ensure high levels of learning for every student. This is the ideal for which we strive. Excellent schools are characterized by strong family and community involvement, an emphasis on basic skills, high expectations, opportunities that challenge student thinking, teacher collaboration, effective communication, consistent monitoring of student learning and focused professional development. Excellent schools also provide a learning environment that is safe, orderly and healthy.

This bond will enable us to address the most critical needs in the “learning environment” — classrooms and school buildings. The learning environment provided to students is essential to their growth, development and learning. This bond addresses those needs and ensures that the learning environment for teachers and their students will be safe, secure and conducive to student learning.

By now, the ballot for this measure has arrived in your mailbox. As you decide on your vote for this March 10 proposition, I hope you will consider that strong schools are essential to the health and vibrancy of any community. And while strong schools are indeed an asset to the community, it is the youngsters living in our community whose futures depend upon the education we provide that are most important. I believe they need and deserve the best education possible.

• Joel Aune can be reached at (425) 831-8000.

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