FOR: School Board encourages community to ‘Vote Yes Twice’

July 16, 2014 

We listened. Through 13 public meetings — well attended with YES and NO supporters — we heard your concerns. We met with the NO committee and agreed upon a framework for much-needed capital funding, structured to provide stable tax rates for the next 30 years for less than $1. We vetted resolution language with the community, including both YES and NO supporters. Based on community feedback, we added a Key Peninsula Middle School renovation that will benefit EVERY student on the Key Peninsula.

We compromised. The capital bond and capital levy work together, but ultimately provide a choice for the community. Neither measure alone provides for all our students’ needs, but together provide critical funding that funds long-term projects through bonds while technology is funded with levy dollars. Even the Aug. 5 date is a compromise because the NO supporters wanted the election on this date.

We prepared. We have closed our elementary schools to out-of-district students. We have added portables across our elementary campuses, such that almost 40 percent of Purdy students are in portable classrooms. We have already redistricted some students, and more will occur in 2015. We have competed for and have been awarded a grant to create safety plans for all our buildings, and are working hard to keep students safe with the resources we have. We spend more to maintain our buildings than the average district because of the older age of our buildings. We intend to build elementary schools at a cost that is 40 percent less than nearby districts because we share your belief that taxpayer money must be guarded carefully and spent cautiously.

We acted. Even without additional growth, we need a new elementary school. We need capacity to accommodate smaller class sizes and provide early childhood education opportunities for all families.

By voting yes twice, you are voting for $62 million dollars. This is a set amount that does not increase when your assessed values increase. The proposed capital bond and levy have been widely endorsed by leaders throughout our community. Join us in supporting the 9,000 students in your community and VOTE YES TWICE!

Harlan Gallinger

President, Board of Directors

Peninsula School District

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