Letters to the Editor
An open letter to Ben West
Ben West, you may assume you have a great many people behind you, but I, for one, am not one of them.
I vehemently disagree with your stance on the airport. I do not want bigger and/or more frequent flights over my house. This was a rural airport that catered to small planes, a flight school and assorted other industries when I moved here. I would like it to remain so.
I am delighted that the replacement councilor is from Charbonneau and will represent my best interests and those of my neighbors, rather than one of your cronies.
I also believe that when things don't go the way you want them to, you act in a most inappropriate manner. It seems to be always someone else's fault, or you throw a tantrum. I believe this is the behavior of a spoiled child, not of an adult man trying to work in his community.
Vote no on Measure 3-554
In 2014, voters approved an $84.5 million capital bond for the school district. Just five years later we are being asked for another $206.8 million.
The reason given for this huge request is overcrowding, but check the facts.
The district's own projections show over-enrollment of only 787 students by 2028. There are more cost-effective ways to cover any future over-enrollment than with this bond.
¦ Athey Creek Middle School, with 690 students, is to be moved from its present location on Borland Road to Dollar Street, an area with major traffic congestion and safety concerns.
¦ The demand for the re-envisioned Arts and Tech High School is unproven.
¦ The bond would add more seats to the WLHS football field with not enough parking being added to satisfy the West Linn Municipal Code requirement.
¦ Look at your property taxes and see how much you pay for schools. While we all support excellence in education, I believe that a no vote will tell the district to sharpen their pencils and come back with a more reasonable request.
For the first time, I am going to vote no on a school bond. Please check the facts, and vote no, too.
Bad feeling about bond
The WL-WV School District's enrollment is barely growing, but now those "out of district transfer students" are not being allowed in. Since we soon may be a shrinking district, it is time to say "no" to the district's overblown capital construction bond.
When I see on Orestar that an architectural firm is the major donor to this bond campaign, it gives me that sinking feeling. Just as it discourages me to see the district's growth projections being based on the urbanization of Stafford, which most area residents oppose.
I feel funny to see some of the people who brought us that overbuilt LOT water treatment plant serving on the district's Long Range Planning Board. Education is a public service. I feel anyone who could benefit from municipal growth, construction and land development should leave our school district alone.
Please vote "no" and save your school support money for the growing instructional needs of our students. Let's not mortgage away our kid's future for a bunch of construction.
Locking into 30 years of construction debt won't do a lick to address the district's falling scores. Now that the transfer student debacle is over, it's time to focus on instruction rather than construction.
Good feeling about bond
In November, we will have a chance to vote for a $206.8 million school bond for capital improvements. It's important to note that it would not raise the current tax rate we are paying.
We'd be getting a new primary school on the district-owned Frog Pond property. The district would relocate and expand Arts & Technology High School to the Athey Creek Middle School site to accommodate enrollment growth and also increase career and technical education opportunities.
A new Athey Creek Middle School would be built on the district-owned Dollar Street property in West Linn, and it would be a true neighborhood school.The bond also would pay for the long-awaited Performing Arts Center at Wilsonville High, as well as safety, technology and facility upgrades at all schools.
A renewal of the local option levy, which pays for 80 teachers across the district, also will be on the ballot. That tax levy is not expected to raise the current tax rate.
Will you join me in making sure the West Linn-Wilsonville schools continue to be among the best in the state by voting for both the bond and the tax levy?
Vote yes on bond and levy
Yes and yes ... Regardless of whether you own your home or rent for your family, the children in this community benefit from your yes votes on the WL-WV ballot measure and bond levy.
Do you want the state to match $7.19 million in revenue to our school district? Vote yes on these measures. The families in this district benefit in number of quality teachers, outstanding facilities for student and community use, safety and innovation.
By voting yes, you are not only helping to maintain the incredible quality of teaching, athletics, arts and technology in our school district, but also insuring the level of excellence in the future.
It is no secret that West Linn and Wilsonville are growing communities and have one of the top school districts, not just in the state, but in the nation. Let's work together and vote yes to support the opportunites available to us with the renewal/passage of these measures.
Vote yes twice!!
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