As a former Lake Washington School District student, I am proud of the quality of education our schools have to offer. We boast highly qualified teachers, strong and active PTAs and a hub for diversity where many cultures and languages are represented.
In a progressing and changing world, it is important we give our teachers and, most importantly, our children, all the resources needed to fulfill their potential. That is why I urge everyone to vote “yes” on all three measures on the ballot by Feb. 13.
Proposition 1 replaces an expiring levy which helps pay for substitute teachers, nurses, English language learning and athletics.
Proposition 2 replaces an expiring levy that helps pay for facilities maintenance and technology. These funds pay for heating and cooling maintenance, structural repairs such as a leaking roof and security measures that keep our children safe.
As a millennial, I see technology funding as most important and is critical for learning in 21st century America. 64 percent of this levy goes toward paying for computers, software and faster networks.
We have come a long way from overhead projectors and whiteboards. Living in the land of Google, Microsoft and Amazon, we need to make sure our children are computer literate so we may continue to be a tech hub and keep jobs in the Puget Sound.
Proposition 3 addresses an issue we have seen due to this area being so desirable to live in: overcrowding. This bond will provide space across the district for 2,100 children.
When children are having class in hallways, as I discovered is happening at my local elementary, you know it’s time to create more space for the success of our children’s learning.
By voting “yes” on all three propositions, your local tax rate will decrease due to the fiscal responsibility the school district has had. While I respect all points of view, it is disappointing to see the “vote no” folks claim these are “unfair school taxes” as seen on their campaign website and road signs and also make several false claims.
What is most unfair is to deprive our children and teachers of the tools and resources needed to educate them and help them grow to become tomorrow’s leaders of society.
As the son of immigrants, my parents always invested in my education so my future could be brighter than theirs. I also hope the families and taxpayers of LWSD invest in our children’s futures.
Vote “yes” on Propositions 1,2 and 3.