I am concerned about the upcoming school levy and the attempt of the Peninsula School District to mislead us into believing there is a need for two expensive new schools.
Artondale Elementary is an older school, but just 10 years ago, we spent nearly $1 million dollars on a major renovation — all wasted if the school is torn down.
Some suggest Artondale has a dangerous mold problem, the unseen threat often used to create doubt and fear. In reality, the Pierce County Health Department inspected Artondale in 2009, 2012 and again just his month, and it found no mold and above-standard air quality.
In a recent Key Peninsula News article, school board member Matt Wilkinson stated, “There are concerns ... the roof at Artondale may be in danger of collapse.” If that is the case, the board should have an engineer immediately analyze the problem, but it seems it is primarily an attempt gain votes. Both the mold and the roof issues are intended to create fear and emotion, not rational decisions. Even if they were real, tearing down the school is like buying a new car because the tires are worn out.
For the sake of our children and our tax dollars, the board is obligated to find solutions that match the problems and come to us with substantiated options and reasons, not fear and political manipulations. The school board should deal honestly and openly with us; to do otherwise is a violation of trust with the voters.
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