When we moved back to the Pacific Northwest in 2010, we sought a community with a strong sense of civic pride, safe neighborhoods and good schools. Gig Harbor met our criteria.
As a result, it has experienced a 10 percent population growth in the past decade and also has seen an influx of major companies like Costco, Target and Home Depot and others.
Unfortunately, some of our schools are in desperate need of additional funding to maintain safe educational environments, and the proposed capital levy in November will help.
Purdy Elementary is unacceptably overcrowded, and the additional funding would help build a new school to serve the current student body, which exceeds the intended capacity by more than 100 students. The levy also would allow facility improvements to Artondale Elementary to maintain safety.
The Peninsula School District has maximized financial prudence, but, as federal and state funds continue to contract, it is relying on this levy to provide functional schools for our children.
Quality schools are a critical component of a thriving, growing community, and they benefit all its residents. We unequivocally support the levy.