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Residents voice thoughts on WL-WV school district capital bond and local option levy

Good schools make good communities

I have lived in the WL-WV School District for 40-plus years. I have raised my children here and now get to watch my grandchildren navigate the wonderful schools of our district. I will be supporting the district's two ballot measures, a bond and local option levy, this November. I am hoping you will vote yes, too.

My children have achieved success in their lives due to the solid educational foundation they received in this district. For this, I am incredibly grateful.

When I was raising them, I didn't anticipate that they both would return home to this district to raise and educate their own children. It is our incredible schools that brought my children back and which bring so many people to our community.

We are a growing community because families love our cities and schools. I am happy to continue to support our schools, especially when I can do so without increasing my tax rates. Not to mention, the better the schools, the better our property values. It's a win, win for us all!

Claudia Sonnen

Stafford

Yes vote will not increase taxes

Vote yes for the West Linn-Wilsonville School District's bond and local option levy. Join me in continuing to support a school district that makes good decisions for our students and community.

Having highly ranked schools for learning and teaching takes forward thinking and financial planning by our communities. Our district does not act too soon or too late when it comes to building or expansion. Our district takes care of its school buildings. Our district takes care of its teachers and students by retaining excellent teachers and assuring decent class sizes.

It is not too much to ask for your yes votes. We can continue to fund our schools and can do so by maintaining our existing tax rates.

Lisa Ledson

West Linn

Double the benefits with yes on schools

Vote yes for the future of our students in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. A yes vote for the local option levy will help our schools continue to focus on excellent teaching by funding full-time teaching positions. This allows our schools to retain highly qualified staff and keep classroom sizes lower.

A yes vote for the capital construction bond allows the district to use existing properties to build facilities for our growing student population and to expanded career and technical learning across our high schools. It also provides for more safety protections for students of all ages.

All this can be done without increasing our existing tax rate. That is an easy decision, vote yes twice!

Stephanie Gettel

West Linn

Kudos for fix to Tualatin River bridge

I don't know who to contact to thank the roads department for the fine job they did on the bridge over the Tualatin River, in the Willamette area. For years we have been. bothered by the big thunk we got on each end of the bridge. Now, thanks to the hard working crew who smoothed out the bumpy approaches, It drives like a real road.Thanks again.

Gail Horner

Petes Mountain

Keep local schools great, vote yes

Twelve years ago we moved to Wilsonville for the schools and community. My sons have thrived here in large part due to our excellent schools.

In November there are two very important measures on the ballot:

n Measure 3-555 renews a levy to fund 80 teaching and support staff positions. Not passing this levy would negatively impact class sizes and resources necessary for our students.

n Measure 3-554 is a bond that will enable the district to continue to support projected growth and meet ever-changing needs of our students.

Key points important to me:

n Ability to make much needed improvements to secure our schools

n Construction of a new primary school. If the growth of Villebois is indicative of the Frog Pond development, we absolutely need this school. All three Wilsonville primary schools are at/over capacity. Boeckman has portable classrooms and Lowrie recently had to convert two outdoor learning spaces into indoor classrooms to add classroom space.

n Reimagined Art Tech High School. Our students have varied needs and college prep is not for everyone. By expanding capacity at Art Tech it enables a model to support those desiring alternate and technical career paths.

I hope you'll join me in voting yes twice for these measures.

Kristin Keswick

Wilsonville


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