In June 2015, my daughter will graduate high school and get ready to head off to college and her future. But what will she think about her previous eight years of school? The upcoming school bond vote will determine that.
If the bond passes, there will be better roofs and floors, improved indoor air quality, new fire and security systems, a new elementary school, a new high school, temporary space at Mount Si and a new bus yard. At what cost? About $140 for every $100,000 of home value.
If the bond fails, the district may take “more extreme temporary measures … to manage significant overcrowding.” With limited options and continued growth, Mount Si classes could be held in storage areas and the auditorium in 2008 and we could face schedule shifting after that. Meanwhile, other buildings will become less safe, comfortable and secure. Then, in 2008, we will vote on a bigger bond with higher costs.
Cut down the bond? Find 10 percent and you save $14 per year on every $100,000 of home value. But we are fiddling while Rome burns. If you think money can be saved in building design, then have that argument when there is a building design to discuss.
I am voting for this bond so the girl who is 10 today goes to school in safe, secure, healthy and well-equipped facilities. When I hug her at graduation in 2015, she won’t care one bit about how much the building cost, and neither will I.
Steven N. Silverman