Former students saddened to see bond rejected
April 30, 2009 · Updated 4:41 PM
I was saddened, but not surprised, to read that the bond measure to modernize Enumclaw's schools was failing 51.63 percent to 48.37 percent as of May 22 (we all know by now that a "super majority" of 60 percent is needed to pass). As a graduate of the Enumclaw School District, I witnessed the sub-par conditions many of the schools suffer. I went through Kibler Elementary over 10 years ago and witnessed its age and its inability to properly house students. I went through J.J. Smith Elementary School and saw how the uncontrollably fluctuating temperatures affected everyone's ability to learn, and I can't believe we chose to keep it in service. I lived through the inconvenience of the high school's renovation, as we tried to patch it together for another 10 or 20 years of service. It scares me to think these obsolete buildings will continue to be used because some members of this community refuse to support the very school system from which they received an education.
But we all know the problems that exist in the school district. There was, after all, a very effective and well thought out campaign to inform the public about this bond. All were welcome to come and view the schools and questions were happily answered by the district's representatives, there was even a Web site full of information. Obviously almost 50 percent of the people in Enumclaw didn't take advantage of this opportunity offered to them, if they had this vote would have been a landslide "yes." The idea that this is the "Enumclaw way" is just ridiculous. To say, "Let's fail this bond, so that it will be scaled back and I will save tens of dollars a year," is just plain ignorance. This town needed all these renovations to its schools now, not some renovations in six months or a year. It needed them 10 years ago. If certain people in Enumclaw continue failing bond issues, the young people of this town will continue to suffer the consequences of their elder's actions.
I hope this bond can be presented to the community, with many of the key projects still included, in the near future, and I hope it passes, but then again, that's not the "Enumclaw way." I do want to recognize the 50 percent of you out there that do religiously support this town's youth by posting signs in your yard, calling members of the community, standing at intersections after work, donating money, endless hours of time, and most of all voting in support of your schools.
They are our future!
2001 Enumclaw High
Junior, University of Arizona