Letters to the Editor

Letter | Here’s your homework on freshman campus vote

I have given a lot of thought to the most recent 3-2 vote by the Snoqualmie Valley School Board regarding the annexation of Snoqualmie Middle School as a freshman campus by 2013.

I have received numerous e-mails and calls from many parents, seeing they know of my interest in this topic and know I attend most meetings. Here is my stock answer: You cannot complain about a decision if you do not become involved.

I also offer everyone a homework assignment. Here it is:

Step one: Research who made the decision to proceed with the plan to annex Snoqualmie Middle School without a replacement school.

Step two: Find evidence that suggests the plan to proceed without a replacement school was thoroughly researched by any committee — or by any committee that was also comprised of Snoqualmie Valley School District middle school educators.

Step three: Go back and read why the public voted for a third middle school (now known as Twin Falls) and review the district’s rationale behind why we needed that third school.

Step four: Review the last two bond votes and either agree or disagree with this statement: “The bond votes did support (by a majority of over 50 percent) the public’s approval of the “Annexation of SMS with a replacement school.  The bond language specifically addressed public approval for the funding of a replacement school and the bond did not address public approval of the freshman learning center.”

Once you have completed this assignment, please advise me if you honestly believe this decision to proceed with the Freshman Learning Center without a confirmed replacement school is the best solution for the education of all the kids.

Laurie Gibbs



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