District 308 not sticking 

to the referendum plan


As a taxpaying citizen of Washington, and a high school science teacher in another district, I feel compelled to write after attending the last Washington High School board meeting on Aug. 8, 2011. I believe we have all have been duped. 


 

District 308 not sticking
to the referendum plan

As a taxpaying citizen of Washington, and a high school science teacher in another district, I feel compelled to write after attending the last Washington High School board meeting on Aug. 8, 2011. I believe we have all have been duped. 

First, the $10.2 million referendum that was passed on November 2, 2010, has not been followed straightforwardly. A direct quote taken from the proposition states “and build a new maintenance building at” has now been omitted from the referendum building project. 

Secondly, at that same meeting, an even more startling disclosure was brought to the public’s attention that the reconfiguring and upgrading of the nine science labs were to be postponed due to lack of funding. 

We were told science labs had some upgrades last summer? I believe the upgrades that the board was referring to were those required by Health/Life Safety Code as mandated by the state. These upgrades did not have anything to do with referendum. Bids to reconfigure the science labs came in at $375,000 and prices would be held at this rate until March of 2012. The board could vote to approve this bid. But where would the money come from to pay for these labs? 

The board stated the money would come out of the operations and maintenance fund. (At this time all referendum money has been depleted). I clearly recall the poor conditions of the science labs being one of the advertising points made by the district when they first pitched the referendum to the public. If fully modernizing the nine science labs is no longer a part of the district’s building plan, are we really getting what we voted for? 

Lastly, many board members stated that they are working to give the best education and learning experiences to the students. It is about educating the students. I believe the $394,000 (land purchase and canceled maintenance shed costs) would have benefited the students directly by building the science labs to aide in their education. 

If you care about the education of your kids, plan on attending the next board meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in the high school library.

 

Andrea Skinner

Washington