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B8 -:* The Arlington Times/The Marysville Globe LETTERS Continued from page B I (and how much) for your next two small high schools? 3. How does building three high schoolS, and providing staffing and administration for them, leave more money for education? 4. How does voting to build decent schools isolate our students? 5. Haven't we isolated them enough already by keeping them in crumbling fac~ties? 6. Since high school kids seem to have cars nowadays, how can the high school building location hurt the downtown? 7. Won't the students still go downtown if they want things sold there? 8. Why is the ABC Group that are only reporting its campaigning activities to the Public Disclosure Commission after the election is over? 9. You say your plan could begin this fall with "occupancy as buildings are completed". How man years before your buildings will be com- pleted? 10. When will the rest of the public and not just your committee members get to participate in what your buildings look like? 11. How many classrooms and bathrooms are included in your plan? 12. The high school already houses S0% more students than it was built for. How much worse will it be when we close off parts of the school for renovation? 13. Where will we cram high school students during construction under your plan? 14. What qualifications did the people have who put together your $33 million cost estimate, and was it the same people who estimated the cost of WPPPS in the 1980s? I'm voting YES, but still anxious- ly awaiting your reply. Steve Pet/fie Arlington brings us down It is every homeowner's night- mare: a bad neighbor. Too many vehi- des littering the property, trash spilling over into your yard, inconsid- erate residents who don't care if you find their loud music annoying. A neighbor so obnoxious they will stand in your yard to smoke their cig- arettes, eat their lunch and leave behind the butts and fast food wrap- pers for you to clean up. This neighbor really exists. It used to be my neighbor when I lived one block from Arlington High school. Living steps away from AHS's front door is how I came to know how grossly inadequate the school is. The impacts on the surrounding neighborhoods are appalling. The current high school site will never allow us to have the type of high school this communiW needs and deserves. Not even a new build- ing would bring enough room to pro- vide the parking, play fields and the buffers a large facility must have in place if it is to coexist peacefully in a residential setl~. One of the best features of the proposed site is the size and location of the property. The location of the property allows us to keep our high school in the heart of our communi- ty. The size of the property will allow for ample parking and buffers. The school will become an asset to the commuruty rather than be the poor neighbor it is now. It is not enough to support schools in your heart. You must go vote "YES" on March 14th. Pledge to find a friend or family member who may not have made it to the polls last time and make sure they vote on Election Day. Let March 14, 2000 be the day that apathy and ignorance are finally defeated in Arlington. mada turnips Arlington Ukely outcome of repeated failure On March 14 dtizens will again vote to decide the fate of present and future schools in Arlington. Most of these voters are genuinely concerned about the quality of education in this rapidly-growing district, and ff we can believe the news about our prosperity in these boom years, they can afford to do something about it. Furthermore, they have ample moll- ration: all of our schools, old and new, are crowded, and at least one is failing apart. Anyone can prove these things to himself or herself simply by visiting the campuses. Ironically, though, in the recent past, these concerned citizens have voted (or not voted) as if the schools were NOT crowded, as if' the high school were NOT crumbling before our eyes, and as ff our population and tax bases were stagnant. I spoke to neighbors during the recent bond campaigns and was impressed with the level of their con- cerrL But it was disturbing to hear them say such things as, "They're going to build the new high school on a known flood plain," or, 'he high school is f'me, and it has historical and architectural integrity.." Neither of these claims was or is accurate, and both could be refuted with relative ease. But the issues are also emotion- al, and so we persist on all sides with hyperbole and anger when we should be reasoning and collaborating. If you are still undecided, please consider this: failure of the bond election in March will guarantee more years in at least one aged and decrepit high school building, more crowding in all schools, and possible double-shifting in two or more schools, if not the entire system. If double-shifting comes about, the dis- mptions in family life and daily school routine will be intolerable to many of us, and some teachers will be lured away to other districts to be replaced (if personnel can be found) by whom? Isn't there a teacher short- age? How will we lure the best new teachers to Arlington when they dis- cover our turmoil? Isn't a district's success with bond elections a prime consideration for teachers? Nobody is idly threatening us with these prospects; they seem the likely outcomes of repeated bond election failures. Frank Shoenmker Arlington Continue to bicker or move forward The problems with the facilities within the Arlington School District are not limited to just the high school, as we parents of students in some of the other schools can attest. To address the overcrowding and facilities problem, the Arlington School Board, in cooperation with the facilities' committee is placing a multi-school proposal on the March 14, 2000 ballot. The bond proposal as written will: 1. Renovate the existing high school for use as a junior high. 2. Build a new elementary school. 3. Renovate Presidents Elementary School. 4. Purchase land for and build a new high school. This comprehensive approach is cost effective as it addresses all of the facilities needs of the district for years to come. It also recognizes the growth which already has and is still occurring within the district. I have looked at the Alternative Bond Citizens proposal and do not agree with their assessment of the current school district bond proposal, nor do I see their (ABC) proposal as cost effective. The ABC proposal would have our community back in the same boat which we currently find ourselves, in only a few years. Another question posed to the com- munity via the Alternative Bond Citizens flier is "Are we focused on education?" It cannot be more appar- ent to more people in this communi- ty that facilities are the number one problem facing this school district at this time. Arlington is an outstanding place to live and raise a family except for its school facilities. If you project into the future these are one of two scenarios on the horizon: 1. The school bond fails, leaving the commu- nity struggling to find ways to ade- quately educate its youth, students are demoralized due to the over- crowded conditions and lack of facili- ties, crime is higher because the dropout rate is higher, more of the good teachers within the district leave for better working conditions and lack of facilities, the school board spends more money trying to get a bond passed instead of spend- ing the money on educatmg our youth or, 2. We pass the school bonds and avoid scenario 1 while we as a community reap the benefits for years to come! A measure of a community's health and well-being is its willing- ness to prepare for the future. We as a community have a choice on March 14. We can continue to bicker and flounder, or we can move forward toward healthier community by vot- ing for the bond proposals. Please. join me in being part of the solution by voting for the levy and bond proposals on March 14. Pete Jorgenson Arlington Vote 'No' against this white elephant ...Once again we the taxpayers are being asked to support another expensive white elephant. And after all of those students thankful let- ters to the taxpayers for passing M&O levies, where the board haven't maintained these facilities. I'm sure that makes people want to vote but not the way you want. Don't worry kids 98 percent of you once you graduate won't have to worry about a warm place to work, clan water restrooms and a warm reduced rate lunch, all you have to learn is "do you want fries with that." If this proposal doesn't pass then we feel those responsible on the board and administration should resign immediately. We urge the 4,495 to come out and vote one way or the other and let this com- munity know your true feelings. We also urge everyone to vote no on the bond and M&O levies until a reasonable proposal is offered. Now is the time for school choice vouchers! Jay and Mlchele Hood Arlington Wednesday, The Arlington Times and The Marysville Globe invite you to vote on your choices for the 2000 Circle of Excellence Award. You will be rewarded with a chance to win $200. Fill in the baI[ot below and all entries will be eligible for the $200 drawing. If you don't have a favorite just mark a line in that space Ballots must be postmarked by 5 p.m. March 1Z 2000. The drawing for the Circle of Excellence Contest winner as well as your choices for the Circle of Excellence Award wilt be announced in the March 29, 2000 publication of the Marysville Globe/Arlington Times. rllllli i J i i n m m I ~lim .i ,-- .n i J i li | I I Entries must be received by March 1Z 2000. I Entries must be received by March IZ I Mail to: to: I Ma~l The Marysville Globe Contest, PO. Box 145, Marysville, WA I The Marysville Globe Contest, PO. Box 145, Marysville, WA I The Arlington Times Contest, PO. 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