Letters to the Editor

New school, upgrades critical for district | Letters | April 17

The Bainbridge Island School District and our community need to pass a $42 million school construction bond to build a new Wilkes Elementary School and make district-wide facility improvements.

The bond is affordable – building costs and materials are significantly down and the bond will not increase school property taxes beyond 2009 levels. The bond is timely because Wilkes is beyond repair and builders need work. Wilkes is no longer a functional facility to meet student needs, nor is it safe.

Other district buildings need new roofs, updated ventilation and electrical systems, paving improvements, and energy conservation.

Finally, the bond is a wise investment in taxpayer dollars – it benefits everyone on the island. State-of-the-art schools increase home and real estate values, fuel the economy, attract new residents, support high quality teaching and learning, and enhance the island’s future.

Since 2007 I have served on the BISD Capital Projects Advisory Committee. Our first assignment was construction of the 200 High School Building, which was completed on time and under budget. It would be wonderful to tackle a second assignment – building a new school and upgrading district facilities on time and under budget.

Let’s vote “yes” for the 2009 school construction bond.

Elaine Duchaine

Capital Projects Advisory Committee

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