I was deeply saddened to see the results of Peninsula School District’s capital levy.
There was a time when communities supported public education without reservation. Without strong schools, our future is dimmed.
It is true that large classes can be partly overcome by excellent teachers, but nothing replaces access to modern and safe facilities. Schools in the 21st century need to be outfitted with state-of-the-art science and technology classrooms. It is no longer sufficient to just teach the three Rs.
During the campaign, I heard some believe dangerously overcrowded schools like Purdy Elementary should “try two shifts per day.” It is hard to believe anyone seriously believes that children in grades kindergarten through five should have to endure such a proposal.
It’s bad enough when lack of planning requires a high school to do it. As for criticizing the school board for considering new construction at Artondale instead of renovating it, those folks should explore the world of major renovation. They will find that new construction often is cheaper.
I ask those “no” votes where they think the children from all the new housing developments being built around Gig Harbor will attend school. There already has been enough cutting in our schools. Every Wednesday is a “late start,” and school days are shorter than they were in the 1950s and ’60s.
Let’s get behind our schools the next time this issue comes up for a vote. We have the lowest school tax in Pierce County. Surely our children are more important.