As many as two-thirds of registered voter's mail-in ballots are already in the mail with their choice of whether or not to support the current $1.95 million bond to maintain and upgrade school facilities in dire need of repair.
We hope that local school district voters have made what we feel is the right choice and have voted yes to this bond levy.
Sunnyside School District has a proud history of fiscal responsibility and fine facilities. This bond is an important part of that history.
Even after passage of this bond Sunnyside will still enjoy the benefits of the second lowest taxes in the county.
The bond will keep one of the community's best assets, the high school auditorium, up to snuff with better lighting and a sound system that complements the many fine programs that are featured in this facility. The auditorium is 20 years old and is in constant use by students, staff and community. It deserves the much needed face-lift this bond will fund.
Having driven by the high school this past weekend one could not help but notice all the cars at the basketball tournament that were parked on the grass. Part of this facility improvement bond will create more general and handicapped parking for events at the high school, plus more restrooms and fencing.
Better lighting has been needed at Clem Senn Field since its inception. If you have ever taken photographs you would know how dark different areas of the field are. This lighting is also pushing 40 years old, having made its way here from Lincoln field. We can light the way for our future football, soccer, graduation and community events with a YES vote.
Last, but not least, the bleachers! They are unsafe and need to be replaced. We can take care of it with the 14¢ per thousand dollars of assessed value bond before us, or take it out of our student's education fund if we vote it down. Either way it will be replaced. The liability the bleachers pose is more than our district can afford. It is up to all of us to give the school district the correct avenue to replace them. What will it be, a few lattés less this next year, or nearly a million dollars of educational money spent out of our district's general education fund?
Make the right decision if your ballot still sits on the table...vote YES for Sunnyside Schools on March 13.