Letters to the Editor
Bond will work on kids' behalf
As West Linn-Wilsonville School District residents, we are writing to encourage a yes vote on the WL-WV School District's bond this Nov. 5. It is a blessing to reside in such a highly rated school district.
Thanks to the great schools in West Linn and Wilsonville, we all benefit from higher home values and attractive neighborhoods in which to live. When schools deteriorate, so do the surrounding communities and neighborhoods.
The WL-WV School District administration and board have done their homework. Student and school safety advisory committees examined safety needs at each district school.
The superintendent's high school study group spent a year researching how to best educate students for the future workplace and how the district can provide more hands-on learning experiences for students. A 10-year enrollment forecast study was performed to assess future school capacity needs.
And finally, the district hosted a bond summit, attended by over 200 community members, to receive community input regarding the timeliness, need and cost of the proposed projects.
This bond will make WL-WV schools safer, upgrade technology, expand opportunities for hands-on learning, career and technology education and the arts, renovate aging schools and relieve crowded schools.
Vote yes on Measure 3-554!
Chael and Brittany Sonnen
Invest in success
I am grateful to be a part of a community that has a long tradition of supporting our students and schools.
The support is evidenced through the countless volunteer hours of our parent support groups, the fans turning out to support our high school athletic teams, the sell-out crowds watching our dramatic arts students, the appreciation for our music programs, and the willingness to continue to support financial measures that benefit our schools.
This November we can re-commit to paying our existing tax rate and continue to support our schools. Our community's efforts are being rewarded. West Linn High School and Wilsonville High School have among the best graduation rates in the entire state. They also rank No. 4 and No. 8 for best high schools in Oregon overall, as rated by U.S. News and World Report.
Niche's Best Schools in 2020 ranked our entire school district as No. 1 in the state for athletes, No. 2 in the state for best districts, and No. 4 in the state for best teachers.
Our district achieves this success because our community values education and is willing to invest in our schools and teachers.
Please join me in voting yes to continue the investment in our students and schools this November.
Our schools stand above rest
Please join me in voting yes twice to support the WL-WV School District. Through several relocations for jobs, I have seen firsthand how lucky we are in the WL-WV district.
We are part of a community that cares. That care comes with our commitment to support our children. This November we will have the honor to continue to support 80 staff positions throughout the district by voting yes for the local option levy.
A yes vote for the capital bond will ensure that our schools get the needed safety and security projects, including the building of secure entryways and limited-intrusion glass, at all WL-WV schools.
The school district also will be able to build a Performing Arts Center at Wilsonville High School and provide safety upgrades to the stadium and the building of additional parking at West Linn High School.
Our children are our most valuable resource. Please vote yes twice.
Show your support for schools
I am proud to support the local option levy and construction bond on the November ballot.
As a former public school teacher and with daughters in second and sixth grade, I know how important staffing is. Our local option levy will allow our WL-WV community to maintain 80 full-time positions.
That averages five, yes five, full-time positions across our 16 schools! The school construction bond will include safety and security projects, as well as technology upgrades districtwide.
I feel truly blessed to be part of this wonderful community and am proud to continue supporting our children and our teachers. Every single student in the WL-WV School District will benefit from us voting yes twice.
Speak for the children
Please join me in voting yes next month for the bond and local option levy. These measures are replacing current bonds that are expiring and will not increase taxes.
Our community has a long history of supporting infrastructure and funding for teacher positions, and the projects that the district has proposed include important safety upgrades, student capacity issues, and technology and performing arts investments.
Since our children cannot yet vote for their own interests, they depend on our commitment to their education. I urge each voter in our community to vote yes twice for our schools.
Concerned about Charbonneau decisions
As a homeowner and a resident of Charbonneau, I am deeply concerned about the power that the Charbonneau Country Club Board has usurped in regard to the purchase of the property that was a former restaurant.
This, for me, was a large expenditure with very little transparency as to whether this was actually a reasonable price for the building or a Realtor making a big commission.
Now they are in Phase 2 of this annex, removal of asbestos and demolition of the building. Did they know there was asbestos before the purchase? They continue to spend the money that we as homeowners have paid into the HOA with no vote by the homeowners.
We have eight to nine board members making these decisions for our HOA's with no vote. Why is this board buying into the voices of a few and not the majority? Are they afraid of a vote?
This board, obviously, is not concerned about their financial fiduciary to the whole community of which many of us live on fixed incomes and budgets.
After living in this community for 25-plus years, I find it is time to take a stand, speak out and get involved so, hopefully, in the end all voices will be heard. This annex project and the possible golf club merger needs to be brought to the vote of the homeowners so all have a voice in the future of our community.
Bond will increase school safety
The West Linn -Wilsonville School District's excellent reputation in the past and now is largely due to the commitment of our community and business leaders to invest in our children's education.
Voting yes on Measure 3-554 and Measure 3-555 on the Nov. 5 ballot maintains this level of commitment for all of our children.
I served on the West Linn-Wilsonville School District Safety Advisory Committee advising the school board on safety concerns at our public schools. Information was gathered from parents, teachers, and students throughout the district. Our commit
tee made recommendations to the school board. These recommendations were largely adopted by the board. Voting yes on Measure 3-555 will renew an existing local option levy that will preserve 80 classroom teachers. This will help keep classroom sizes smaller and avoid a harsh $11.2 million budget cut that would eliminate these positions.
Our children's safety and quality of education will be severely diminished if these teacher positions are eliminated.
Voting yes on Measure 3-554 will provide funding to provide secure entrances, classroom lockdown hardware and intrusion limiting glass in all schools. It will replace outdated fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems, and add site lighting, video monitoring and communication upgrades district ide.
These are critical safety and security needs the safety committee identified for our schools so that our children can learn in a safe and secure environment.
Vote for bond; keep our schools strong
Please join me in voting yes twice to support WL-WV schools.
As a proud father of two girls, one in middle and one in primary school, I am honored to support our schools. We have a vibrant, active community because of the investment those who live here make.
Investment comes in all forms, not just money. Parents flood our schools ready and willing to assist teachers with what we they need. This is just a small way we can give back the love and nurturing they give to our children.
Voting yes twice this November is an investment of dollars, an investment made directly to and for our children. Voting for the local option levy will continue to fund 80 additional staff positions, averaging out to five positions in each of our 16 schools.
For my family, that means 10 additional staff people my children wouldn't otherwise have. Can you imagine the impact of having five fewers teaching positions in your child's school?
A yes vote for the capital bond will ensure that our schools get the much needed safety and security projects at all WL-WV schools. I ask you to make the same investment and vote yes twice.
Student says vote yes
I've been part of the WL-WV community since kindergarten. I'm now a fifth grade student looking forward to middle school. I still remember my kindergarten meet and greet, it was the very first time I stepped foot into what would be my school home for the next six years.
It's a beautiful place, colorful, lots of sunlight, but most importantly, full of great people. My parents have always told me how lucky we are to be part of this community.
When I asked what the VOTE YES TWICE sign was in our yard, they explained to me that our community invests in our schools to have more teachers and these beautiful buildings.
I asked if I could vote, but my parents explained to me that I have to wait until I'm 18. I hope you join our family in continuing to support our schools by voting yes twice.
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