To the editor:
There is an upcoming vote on Feb. 12, for the capital levy for South Whidbey School District, which has our children’s safety and their learning environment, as its top priority.
Passage of this capital levy will accomplish two things: Retain the district’s maintenance and operations budget and fund additional monies that, over the course of six years, would be used to update, repair and paint its current buildings.
These maintenance updates and repairs are crucial to maintain the structural integrity of the buildings, through reinforcements, thus ensuring the safety of the students and staff, not to mention, the aesthetics of their learning environment. If paint is peeling, water is seeping through the roof and walls and bathroom facilities are not fully functioning, then the health and safety of all students is in jeopardy. Some of the operational equipment used for supplying energy to the water, waste and electrical systems was built in the 1950s and is sorely in need of updating and repair.
Let’s think about what goes on in those buildings and who inhabits them on a daily basis. Take a few minutes to drive by the schools, and you will see that from their appearance, alone, you will want to stop and take out a paintbrush.
It is time to say “yes” to the South Whidbey School District, which really needs our help in passing the capital levy in order to fund the much-needed and long-overdue maintenance in all of the schools. Our support in voting for the levy will show students and staff members that this community cares about their safety as well as their learning and working environment.
Let’s pass this levy and start the improvement process. Our children deserve a better, safer place to learn now and in the future.