Need for new schools, bond passage in Snohomish is clear

Did you know that 1 out of 4 students in Snohomish School District attends school in a portable? Are you aware that portables have no bathrooms? The district currently uses 52 portables for student instruction and 43 of those are for elementary students.

Did you know that the six elementary schools that will be rebuilt, if the bond passes, were built between 1960 and 1980 (40-60 years ago)? They lack adequate insultation, plumbing, electrical systems, technology and space to prepare students for their futures. These six schools are below standard compared to other schools within our district.

A volunteer Citizens Facilities Advisory Committee, supported by district staff, spent 18 months studying every district building and comparing its condition to state and district standards. Demographic and enrollment projections were researched and hard decisions about priorities and costs were made. This committee demonstrated the need for new elementary schools and recommended that the school board ask district residents to approve a capital bond in the Feb. 11 election.

By voting yes on the bond, voters can make each district school a quality learning environment. Yes on the bond means minimizing portable classrooms. It means yes to more classrooms at Glacier Peak High, to renovating AIM High and the Parkway campus. It means the transformation of an elementary school into an early learning center. A yes vote means safety and security improvements at every district school.

School is where students learn to be productive, responsible and creative citizens; attributes that enhance the quality of life in our communities. Vote yes for better schools.

For more information, go to www.sno.wednet.edu/Page/4278.

Sonia Siegel Vexler

Snohomish

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