School District

308 doing the

best it can


As a former teacher at Washington Community High School for 35 years and a graduate of said school, I have a true sense of what it’s like to be a student and to teach in a wonderful school system that has growing problems in a complex that was originally built in the 1940s with additions in the 50s, 60s and 70s — all of these happening before the computer/technology eras hit with a vengeance.


 

School District
308 doing the
best it can

As a former teacher at Washington Community High School for 35 years and a graduate of said school, I have a true sense of what it’s like to be a student and to teach in a wonderful school system that has growing problems in a complex that was originally built in the 1940s with additions in the 50s, 60s and 70s — all of these happening before the computer/technology eras hit with a vengeance.

We have a mid-twentieth century complex that we are trying to make work for the twenty-first century. Our band-aid approach will only work for so long. At some point, that might be 50, 75 years from now, a new complex will have to be built. At that time, the community will be glad the Bayler property is available. It would be nice if the Bayler home could be preserved, but if the board finds through its research and community input that it is not the prudent thing to do, then so be it.

Because our community has such high expectations of our educational systems, and rightly so, I would like to see us focus on academia, meeting the educational needs of the individual child, and making sure the buildings are safe and useful for the educational process.

I am aware that it appears this school board made an impulsive purchase, but they tried to purchase this property and other surrounding properties in the past, to no avail. Because District 308 is landlocked, it is vital to consider purchasing available properties bordering the grounds. Had previous boards not been forward thinking, we wouldn’t have the large complex we have now. 

To purchase the Bayler property was, in my opinion, the best decision for the future of WaCoHi — the students and staff. 

Sometimes, in our educational advancement, we have to give a little to gain a lot! I thank the school board for making a very difficult decision. 

The board should continue to be open to input from the community, but, as members of the community, we must realize, that in the end, they make the final decision. Of course, we pray, as I’m sure they do too, that it is the right decision.

As students and staff deal with construction going on around them for the next year, I wish them an awesome, uplifting school year.

 

Joanna (Haas) Roper

Class of 1961/Retired 2007