Why not use Longfellow building as a school?

I would like to address the plight of what to do with Everett School District’s Longfellow building. I’m aware the school district would like to tear down the historic structure to make way for a parking lot, but I think that it would be a better use of resources, money and land for it to be opened once more as a school.

There are several thousand residential units planned to go across Broadway in the Everett Station District, as well as in downtown Everett with the recently adopted Metro plan. The other side of I-5 has its Riverfront development too, so I think it is safe to say that there will be many more families with school-age children coming to the area. With this influx of people, there will be a need for an elementary school. It would be much better for the earth, and Everett citizens’ pocketbooks if the existing building is fixed up instead of having to build a brand new one in the coming years.

Another reason to save the building is because of the priceless history it holds. I’m the fourth generation in my family to attend Everett schools and my grandfather and great-aunt both attended Longfellow and Everett High.

As a senior at Everett High this year, I appreciate the care and expense the district has put into preserving the premises. It adds a wealth of character to the school and boosts pride among the students. Since my school has a heritage I feel a much deeper connection to it. I would love for future generations to have this experience as well, so I urge you to please consider saving the Longfellow building instead of tearing it down to make room for another parking lot.

Margaret Cameron-Behee


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