Wednesday, January 7, 2004
Thank you so much for the picture and article that you put
on the front page of the paper!
I was shocked when I saw it and read it because I feel like
I am the "background" for the concerts. It touched my heart very much
when I was recognized.
I really do like working with Mrs. Sleater and the high
school choir ladies and gentlemen. The gift they gave me was a surprise and a
Please remember that (school) concerts are awesome and it is
a time for anyone to come and celebrate all that (the students) have learned
and worked hard to perform for family and friends.
Thank you, Julia Hart, for the blessing you gave me in this
/s/ Dorothy Cohu, SHS choir pianist, Grandview
Vote YES and YES
Please join me in suporting the Sunnyside School District
board of directors by voting YES and YES for the two proposals on the Feb. 3
Why vote yourself a continued tax? It is a great bargain
when you consider that the maintenance and operation levy raises $1,422,595
locally, which then qualifies the Sunnyside School District for $3,744,357 in
state levy equalization funds.
If we don't pass the local levy we can't receive the state
matching funds. Then, other westside schols will qualify and receive these
matching dollars. These funds are used for a wide variety of eduational
programs, as well as maintenance, capital projects, curriculum, technology,
safety, music and the unfunded costs for extracurricular programs.
As for the need for another new school, Sunnyside schools
have been growing at a rate of 100 students per year for the past 15 years.
Since 1993 when the school board asked you to support the $8 million bond levy
for Pioneer School, the student population has increased by 1,106 students.
Pioneer School was built for 700 to 750 students. This school now houses 935
students with the help of 10 portable classrooms.
The new building bond of $11 million will build a new middle
school, and add classroom space for the ninth graders who are currently housed
at Sunnyside High School. It will also qualify the district for 82 percent
reimbursement funds from the state. This means that the local taxpayer will
only pay 18 percent of the total cost of a new school building. These
reimbursement funds can be used to update and remodel other district school
buildings as they age and qualify.
This $11 million can be turned into nearly $40 million in
new construction and modernization for our existing schools.
What does all this cost? If you own a home valued at
$100,000, you will pay $20 per year more in school taxes.
Sunnyside has a great opportunity to continue its fine
tradition of educational excellence at a cost that is far less than most of our
neighboring school districts.
We have a strong tradition of supporting schools, students,
teachers and administrators. I urge you to join me in voting YES and YES in the
coming election. If you have questions or need additional information, please
call school district administrators or the YES Committee members.
/s/ Mac Chambers, retired Sunnyside School Superintendent