Bracke: Vote 'yes' on school improvement bond
For the past three years, I have regularly attended the monthly St. Helens school board meetings. I have gained knowledge of what our school district needs and faces in order to teach our youth. I am a parent of a student currently attending St. Helens High School. I have seen firsthand the issues and challenges of the high school buildings. Our high school needs repairs, replacements and upgrades in order to offer a viable 21st century education.
In this current pandemic, it is even more important than ever to have improvements and repairs made for a healthier and safer building. It needs to invest in digital online capabilities. The district wants to add a health science and technology career pathway training program to its current offerings. We want our district's students to have learning opportunities which cannot be attained in the current school. Our students will need to obtain employment in an ever-competitive and digital world.
I understand that there are many unknowns with this pandemic and the impact it will have on our economy. The school board has approved a tax delay so that our community will not feel the tax burden until 2022, yet the work projects would begin in 2020. The improvements this bond would provide cannot happen if the bond does not pass. Please join me and vote yes on St. Helens High School Improvement Bond Measure 5-282.
Laura Bracke, St. Helens
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