In 2000, the community of Arlington passed a school bond. Literally hundreds of community and staff participated in the planning for the facilities needs of the district. Choices had to be made because we couldn’t afford to do it all at once.
The oldest and most pressing needs were solved with the 2000 bond. I hope you have been in your schools to see for yourselves how the district and students have taken care of your investment. I have and have never been disappointed. A tour is offered every year and every school has community events open to all.
Now you are being asked to approve a new bond on Feb. 12.
This is a continuation of those facilities plans with lots of fresh community and staff input. It was anticipated Post Middle School would need to be replaced, and classrooms added to Arlington High School.
If this bond passes, there will be room in the middle schools and high school for the students already enrolled in the elementary schools.
What could not have been predicted is the critical need for enhanced security for every school.
If this bond issue passes, every student in every school will be safer when the security measures are installed.
The bonds to pay for these improvements will not add to our current bond debt, but will replace the bond we passed in 2000 with a slight reduction.
I’m voting yes. I hope you will too.