Vote 'yes' twice for WL-WV schools
Dear fellow citizens of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District,
I write to you as a parent of two sophomores in our district, as a resident of West Linn since 1992, and as an educator who has spent the most recent 27 of my 36 years teaching at both West Linn and Wilsonville High Schools.
I would like to encourage you to vote for both the operating levy and the capital bond in order to continue to invest in this district and these communities we value.
I have been witness to the careful and strategic planning our district has consistently strived for through the efforts of district staff, our locally elected school board, and committees of community volunteers. The district has always been diligent in trying to account for long-term growth and to staff our schools as fully as possible to best meet the needs of all students throughout a period of nearly continuous funding challenges.
I had the opportunity to participate in vision planning for Wilsonville High School's initial construction and its expansion. I had the opportunity to attend the groundbreaking of Trillium Primary and later watch my kids head off to that school walking together or biking with friends.
I've had friends and colleagues move to West Linn or Wilsonville because of our great schools and the communities that support them. I've had the opportunity to work with amazing educators that chose to apply to our district from out of state based on what they had heard from other residents and other educators. I've known numerous educators who left other schools in other nearby districts because our communities supported our teachers through investing in quality facilities and additional operating levies their districts did not consistently pass.
I've spent numerous election evenings watching vote results and hoping we continued to receive the investment of our community members, whether they had children currently in our schools, graduated from our schools, or didn't have children at all but recognized the value to West Linn or Wilsonville in having well-funded schools.
As best I can remember, for nearly three decades I have not been let down. I can't say that for many of the other school districts around us that can't get the additional space they need and can't hire the additional staff needed to keep class sizes down, or meet what seems to be the ever-growing complexity of our students' needs we face on a daily basis.
I already voted "yes" for both the levy and the bond. I hope that you will also vote "yes" for both measures and encourage your friends and neighbors to vote "yes" for this investment in our children, our schools and the value that such commitment brings to the communities of West Linn and Wilsonville that I am proud as an educator to call home.
Jay Schauer is a West Linn resident and Wilsonville High School science and statistics teacher.
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