Letter to the Editor: Don't be confused by “schools not pools” signs

Friday, November 1, 2019

Schools funding is separate from Prop 1
To the Editor:

Folks, “schools not pools” is not a choice. Do not be confused by the signs that imply such. 

Prop 1 is a bond measure placed on your ballot by the Shoreline City Council. 

Councilmembers voted to accept the recommendation formed by our Parks Board, a finance committee, extensive public input, and put forward by our Parks Director.

Everybody in town was invited to participate in the conversation about what the community needs in a multi-generational center. Plenty of ideas were put on paper including how to pay for what we need.

The decision to go forward with a bond measure rests squarely on our City Council.

In a generous gesture, the School Board offered to contribute $2.4 million dollars to ensure that our swim teams continue to have a competitive edge.

Not a penny of the Prop 1 funds would be spent on or take any money away from schools. Funding schools is the job of the state and the School District's own process of asking voters to support its ballot measures.

Prop 1 will fund an Aquatic and Community Center owned and operated by the City of Shoreline. Funds also will purchase the property and improve four parks that have languished for years.

At this critical moment, it’s important to keep our agencies and their responsibilities straight.

Robin McClelland


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