[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]
As a Highline School District teacher, I see firsthand how our district’s rapid growth is impacting our kids’ educational opportunities.
Our classrooms are overcrowded, and unless we come up with a solution, this problem is only going to get worse. The Highline School District has grown by 1,500 students in the past five years alone, and projections show that our enrollment will continue to increase.
In fact, at Parkside Elementary School, where I teach, we are over the allowed enrollment numbers in nearly every grade level. Rather than have to uproot children and families to make class size appropriate, we’d much prefer to keep our kids and actually have a place for them. But our school isn’t even the most in need of support from our community.
That’s why I’m enthusiastically supporting the Highline School District’s Nov. 8 Proposition 1 bond measure. It improves our students’ educational opportunities while prioritizing our most urgent needs to keep costs down for taxpayers. It will save money in the long run by dealing with problems now when they are cheaper to fix.
It also ensures student and teacher safety by updating our schools to meet modern fire and earthquake codes, and adds technology to monitor who is coming and going.
You can learn more at www.yesforhighline.org.
Please join me in supporting our schools, our students and our teachers. Vote “yes” on Highline School District Proposition 1.
Parkside Elementary School
Highline School District
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