Letter to the Editor: School buildings are old and unsafe

Monday, January 23, 2017

To the Editor:

While the proposed Shoreline School District construction bond will not directly affect my family, I’ve always voted for school initiatives because I think it’s impossible for them to ask for too much as they have so little to do their jobs with! The residents who write these tax initiatives are intelligent and thoughtful neighbors, at least the ones I personally know.

The buildings are old and are becoming unsafe for our children. And we have learned that a healthier school environment would be a merging of sixth grade into the seventh and eighth grades. The district has shown repeated financial accountability and good common sense in spending our tax money. Having an $800k savings by retiring a bond early is one impressive example. And there will be much needed transportation improvements around the school areas.

Our school district is on a steep growth path so we need to accommodate those new families to insure the health of our community for the future. Your grandchildren may even want to live here - especially if we preserve and enhance our education system.

Please join me in support of this bond. Vote yes by February 14th!

Donna Hawkey
Lake Forest Park


Anonymous,  January 23, 2017 at 8:04 PM  

Well, unfortunately the city has made irresponsible policy decision after policy decision, against the wishes of the Shoreline citizens. Massive upzoning and developer giveaways, TWELVE YEAR TAX BREAKS for developers. TWELVE YEARS of lost revenue that could be going to rebuild our schools. Upzoning that is creeping into the rest of the previously un-upzoned neighborhoods that were promised to retain their single-family character. Until our elected officials adopt policies where growth is paying for growth, you can count on pushback to bonds, levy, and more taxes.

Donna January 27, 2017 at 11:12 AM  

But please don't penalize the children for what you think are "irresponsible policy decision" that Shoreline city officials made that they had nothing to do with! And the residents of Lake Forest Park are proudly part of the school district too and our city officials had nothing to do with Shoreline's city policy decisions, so don't penalize our community, too.

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