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holly blash November 7, 2013 at 08:33 am
What we teach our children and what we allow them to consider "normal" (i.e. what we allowRead More them to ingest mentally like sexual violence in media) is starting to get at the root of the issue. Keep going, we need to be cognizant our teachings.
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Michele Hall October 18, 2013 at 01:09 pm
The recently released research information regarding why we need sleep makes this topic even moreRead More important. http://www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/2013/10/18/sleep-detoxes-the-brain-new-research-suggests/
Citizens for Peninsula Schools says there are "critical needs that absolutely need to be addressed" across the school district that covers Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula.
Margot Leroy September 17, 2013 at 04:05 pm
Gig Harbor Guy---One thing you should be aware of. I have spoken to several younger friends whoRead More still have kids going to school in this district. Each and every one of them is voting AGAINST this levy. They have bills to pay, college funds to put money in and the size of this tax increase concerns them too....... The reality of this situation is that this levy, even if it does pass, will cause a major hardship to this community. Lots of building in Gig Harbor North, but also lots of homes with For Sale signs on them for several YEARS. One builder pulled out during the economic meltdown. How many signed contracts of sale do these developers have??? I support the children of this community. I do not believe THEY are being well served by the current administration of the district. Building for possibilities is a fools game. Portables work just fine and can be moved according to population growth.
Karen Monson September 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm
Buy the land first, then pressure the voters to pay for the building since you have the land but noRead More money to build... Build the schools, then tell the taxpayers that you have the land and the building but now you don't have teachers, maintenance workers or staff to run it so you need more money or we will have wasted the 50 million that was spent already. Why, because it usually works.... We can't let this type of over reaching continue, someone needs to say...ENOUGH.
Karen Monson September 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm
Also, every school my kids attended had portable buildings, they received a great education andRead More that's what it's all about.
If passed, the four-year measure would pay for a new elementary school in Gig Harbor North and replacing Artondale Elementary.
Karen Monson September 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm
This discussion is not about whether we should or should not have public education, it is aboutRead More whether we should approve a 50 million dollar levy for two new schools, turf fields, etc.... Portable buildings are cheaper and easy to add on as the student population increases. The newest and the best is great, but it's also expensive and not always the best thing for the taxpayers.
Lisa Anderson September 19, 2013 at 01:24 pm
We are not looking for "the Best" or "the newest," simply an answer to a problemRead More that won't go away. Portables are totally unsafe. Putting our kids in them puts them at risk. There are enough kids in portables already in the district to comprise a whole elementary school. More portables is NOT the solution.
Karen Monson September 19, 2013 at 05:02 pm
Neither is a levy that will be too much for some people to afford, that try's to do too much tooRead More quickly and that even if passed will not pay for more teachers or people to run the new school. There will have to be another raise in taxes to pay for that and we all know it, maybe not this year or next, but definitely the year after that. What good is a school without the people needed to teach? I don't just look at this as a right now proposition, I look at the whole, how we can afford to pay for the whole thing, it will change from an average of 500 per year if this passes to much more than $500 per year within 3 years. Mark my words.
The Peninsula School District is proposing a four-year, $50 million capital projects levy in November.
Anne Puckett August 30, 2013 at 03:39 pm
Exactly, Jeni K. I totally agree with you. Plus, funding is a not something that can be switchedRead More like a household budget. Money for staff does not come out of the same budget as maintenance and building new schools. The state sends schools money for certain things. As I understand it, there is not a lot of wiggle room for changing money from one budget to another. And by the way teachers salaries have gone down and medical cost have gone up over the last few years. Plus, our teachers make thousands of dollars less then surrounding districts. Our community needs to support this levy. If you don't like how money is spent get involved and informed by going to school board meetings. Volunteer in the schools by tutoring or helping in the classroom. Then you will have a better understanding on why the schools need to pass this levy.
Jaymie Heffron August 30, 2013 at 09:48 pm
Target is private property. I support the mans protest. But Target has a legal right to remove theRead More man. But the exception to the rule would be collecting signatures for a state petition. That act is protected by case law. Because the court views the target parking lot as the town square.
Jeni K. September 10, 2013 at 07:05 pm
As an added note - using the levy instead of using something like a bond means that the amount perRead More year collected is fixed over the course of 4 years. As each new house goes in (and remember that new development is set to have over 500 new homes, plus all the other construction) the cost per year for existing homes drops as the new income is added. Also it keeps the school out of a long term debt that the bond would set it up for.
Peninsula School District voters are being asked to approve a four-year, $50 million capital projects levy in November. Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto says school leaders listened to voters after a failed 2011 measure. File photo
Lisa Anderson August 2, 2013 at 05:45 pm
We absolutely have a chance at passing, as long as we can communicate the urgency of the needs. OurRead More kids cannot afford to wait. At Artondale, conditions have become hazardous. Kids are not safe in the current building which has not been maintained properly, due to lack of funding, over its entire history. The roof is falling apart; the floors are uneven; ceiling tiles are falling, there is dead air due to problems with the HVAC, there are water problems where the kids are told they cannot drink from the school water fountains for weeks on end; The septic overflowed and kids tracked in the contaminated mess onto the carpets that are no longer cleanable. The list goes on and on and on. Then there is Purdy. The overcrowding at Purdy causes more disruption to learning than should ever be allowed. All of the students in portables add up to equal the size of an entire school--they need a safe school with enough space to learn and grow. Our children deserve to be able to learn and grow and thrive in healthy, clean spaces. Our schools should be safe havens, not risky hazards. We need to pass this levy for our kids, and for our community. There has never been a greater need here in the district. Praying this passes, for everyone's sake.
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Dizzy Gals Balloons & Decor June 15, 2013 at 12:17 am
What fun! GHHS, call us next year to help you achieve your goal - double the balloons, in lessRead More time!!
Dalene Nalley June 16, 2013 at 12:31 pm
What fun! A harmless prank that will be held as the standard for future pranks.
Donna Levy June 17, 2013 at 12:35 am
I wish my HS class would have thought of this. We did things like putting alarm clocks all set toRead More go off at different times in our lockers
Southwestern Advantage June 12, 2013 at 01:13 pm
This student rep, Gareth, has been removed from Gig Harbor. We wish to express our apologies for theRead More disturbances. We invite residents to please call us if we can help provide clarity or further information at 888-602-7867. Thank you, Southwestern Advantage Communications Team