Today I received my general election ballot, and I happily selected “Approved” for the Lopez Island School District bond measure. Here’s why: Our school’s physical plant needs significant mending to address a failing septic system, a bus loading area that doesn’t meet current safety standards, and a kitchen that isn’t up-to-date for health, safety, and education needs. Additionally, because of our school’s aging facilities, the district is losing out on efficiencies in the areas of energy, staffing, education standards and flexibility.
What I’ve heard and read has convinced me that this year’s bond measure offers the plans and budget to address these needs. At approximately 31 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value, this bond isn’t only a wise investment for me and our entire community, it’s a bargain. Now is the time for us to take this important step to be good stewards of an island treasure – our K-12 school.