I have been a parent of two students who have attended Artondale Elementary School for four years now. My children have experienced the most fantastic teachers and staff at this wonderful school. The curriculum that has been presented has been top-notch.
Sadly, there are problems with the building. There have been great periods of time that the bathrooms in the lower part of the building have been out of commission, and that is difficult for young students to have enough time to make it up the stairs to the next closest bathrooms.
There has been a septic system leak, leaking septic fluid onto the lower playfield in the middle of the kids’ play structures. That has resulted in “mud” being tracked into the classrooms, where the kids sit on the floor as they learn. The carpet in the classrooms holds this “mud” for weeks.
There have been times when the roof has leaked to the extent that buckets and garbage cans have been placed throughout the school to try to contain the water. Those leaks have resulted in water damage in the ceiling and insulation areas.
There is a potential for lasting wall and roof damage, and that can lead to mold damage — seen and unseen. This is a great risk for the health of our children.
The drinking fountains in the building have been inoperable at times, forcing the school to provide bottled water to the students for weeks on end. This is an unexpected great cost to the school.
Please help our students reach their full potential and vote “yes” for the Peninsula School District’s capital levy this November. Our kids need it.