School board should ask voters for capital levy again this spring

Gig HarborJanuary 22, 2014 

Our community draws productive, involved citizens, in large part because our schools have a strong reputation.

The recent expansion of State Farm in Tacoma is an excellent example; professionals moving to the new State Farm location are working with realtors in Gig Harbor to find homes for their families, because our schools have a strong track record.

As a community, strong schools are arguably our most valuable asset. They maintain property values and support interest in business/service development.

Last November, the capital levy to fund PSD schools came very close to passing. The need for a new elementary school in Gig Harbor North is clear, as is the need to rebuild at Artondale Elementary. Security and technology in all PSD schools require upgrades. The reasons for running the levy remain valid. Funding is essential.

Let’s work together — businesses, services, retirees and young families; let’s recognize the positives that this levy would yield for our entire community. We all benefit from a school district that works to meet students’ needs.

I hope the school board will decide to run a capital levy again this spring; our community supports quality schools.

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