To the editor:

I’m writing in support of the June 15 USD 453 bond election. This proposal, which was several years in the making and involved the hard work of many members of our community, will ensure that our children continue to have quality learning environments – without an increase in our tax burden. Why am I supporting it?

Warren Middle School is packed – and so are three of our elementary schools. The classrooms are crowded, the hallways are crowded and educational opportunities are suffering as space that was intended for collaboration and growth are being converted into makeshift classrooms.  Our children deserve better. This bond will create a fifth- and sixth-grade intermediate center adjacent to Warren that will alleviate the overcrowding and return educational spaces to their intended purposes.  

Also included in the bond issue is the creation of an early childhood center at the Lawson Elementary site, with a focus on kindergarten readiness. Unfortunately, not every student who enters our district is fully prepared, and this state of the art facility will provide individualized guidance and curriculum to prepare everyone for a successful educational experience and beyond – which benefits not only every child, but every local business who plans to hire these individuals in the future.  

Lastly, the safety of our students is our most important consideration, and this bond provides needed storm shelters at Warren and Lawson, and a secure entry to our high school.  

The alternative? Boundary changes at every elementary school, which will likely increase demographic silos, and still does not address a very pressing need at the middle school. For no change in your tax rate, we can solve these issues in a reasonable, appropriate manner and show our children that they continue to be our top priority.

I encourage you to join me in voting yes on the June 15 bond election.