Existing buildings need to be upkept

I’m writing in response to the May 26 article about a new $20 million administration building for the Everett School district. (“Work to begin on Everett schools admin building.”)

If the district has $20 million to fund this (in my opinion) unnecessary project, why don’t they have money to maintain their actual school facilities?

Take a tour of the schools in this district, and you’ll see that there doesn’t seem to be any significant effort being made toward keeping the existing buildings and campuses clean and in good repair.

These facilities are where children are educated and prepared for living in the community. How can anyone expect these kids to care about their community and environment when they have endured filthy conditions of their schools for years?

Evergreen Middle School is a perfect example. Just a few years ago, the facility was renovated, and for a year or two it was quite attractive. Now, it’s begun to look like an inner-city ghetto school; there’s trash everywhere, weeds growing up through the pavement and sidewalks, and animal feces on the fields and track.

If I had small children, I would not even permit them to play in such a disgusting environment.

There are already two very adequate facilities for administrative purposes where no children are educated. Why not let the administrators, who don’t teach students, continue to work in those facilities — and put the money where the actual education and preparation of young people for membership in society is a day-to-day activity.

It makes me wonder whether the priority of the district is the comfort of the administrators or the education, safety, and development of students. If this district expects people to support levies and bond issues, they would be well-advised to re-examine how they spend this kind of taxpayer money.

Tom Strange


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