Port Townsend School District needs to wait | Letter to the editor

Posted 1/28/22

Is $40 million not enough for the local schools? 

I thought it would be several years before we would be asked again to fund the heart’s desires of the local school board paying for …

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Port Townsend School District needs to wait | Letter to the editor

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Is $40 million not enough for the local schools? 

I thought it would be several years before we would be asked again to fund the heart’s desires of the local school board paying for things we just can’t afford in a time of financial stress, astounding prices for everything and no end in sight. 

Did it ever occur to anyone in this town that some people have limiting fixed incomes? Improvements on taxpayer properties are years behind in many cases. Without doubt, the city and county have wish lists as well. 

There are unnecessary enhancements, repairs and improvements that can wait in this levy and we will be paying back the $40 million years from now for a fancy grammar school that did not have kids enough to fill empty desks when it opened, and instead, Blue Heron middle school students were brought in to fill them. The school district will have to wait just like the rest of us.

Kathleen Jackson 
PORT TOWNSEND

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  • jhundley

    Well said Kathleen!

    Friday, January 28 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Amen Sister !

    Friday, January 28 Report this

  • TomT

    VOTE NO!

    The proposed uses for the requested capital projects levy are inappropriate.

    The Salish Cost school should have been no more than $30 million. Instead, due to the incompetence and failures of judgement on the part of the school district administration -- at all levels, up to and including the Board -- the thing cost more than $40 million and even then didn't include important things like solar panels and adequate soundproofing.

    Instead, they "value engineered" and put on a roof that will now have to be completely redone to allow solar panels to be installed.

    Solar panels will do nothing to reduce greenhouse gasses because our BPA electricity is already 98 percent "green". Put money into buying electric buses that will actually do some good.

    The levy also proposes to pour more money into the old high school building. WRONG.

    It needs to be replaced with a new building that will be centrally located and will eventually serve a combined Chimac u m / Port Townsend education program.

    Saturday, January 29 Report this