School board hasn’t made case for building new elementary

Gig HarborMarch 5, 2014 

I concur with the Peninsula Gateway’s editorial (Feb. 12), which suggested the Peninsula School Board’s proposal for a bond and levy with a contingency is confusing. Nor does it address issues that led to the failure of a similar initiative only last year.

Unlike the Gateway, however, I do not think the motive for adopting this approach had as much to do with pleasing the Citizens for Responsible School Spending as with honoring John F. Kennedy’s timeless declaration: “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance then baffle them with...” Well, you know what I mean.

The fundamental issue based on the meetings I attended is that the school board has not succeeded in making a credible case for earmarking so much spending on bricks and mortar, given their own projected trends for school enrollment — to say nothing of the reduction in crowding that can be achieved through redistricting.

The $2 million allocated to technology upgrades makes perfect sense, as would other such ideas aimed squarely at improving learning outcomes and performance.

Leading with that approach would both be more economical and vastly more attractive to taxpayers — many of whom vote.

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