I write today urging everyone in our Seaside School District to vote YES for the bond issue for our local schools. As a retired senior citizen, I have not had a child in these schools for many years. My grandchildren have all been educated in other places where others have paid the taxes to educate them. I know it is my turn to step up to the plate and carry forward what the members of our community did for my generation and me in the 1950s.
Yes, I attended Broadway Middle School in the early 50s when it was new and in good condition. This is no longer the case. I recently visited Broadway Middle School as well as Gearhart Elementary School and the high school, and was astounded at the deteriorating walls, roofing and heating issues. And, I learned that nearly $500,000 a year is being spent beyond the normal maintenance budget to patch up the most pressing problems. What a waste to spend this kind of money and still have unsafe facilities that no longer meet the needs of education in the 21st century.
We are fortunate to be in a position where the land for the new buildings have been donated by Weyerhaeuser and when we can take advantage of some of the lowest interest rates we have ever known. The State of Oregon will also contribute $4 million as a one-time contribution if the bond passes this November. In addition, Seaside has three of the four schools in the state that are in the tsunami zone. And although it is uncertain when that could be an issue here, the probability is very high in the next 50 years.
These are some of the reasons that Seaside AAUW (American Association of University Women) has chosen to support this measure this year. Our children are our investment in the future. Our organization is one that values and supports education as a means to a better future. It is our time to step forward and insure that our children receive the education they need to be successful. They deserve it. Please give them your support.