I have worked in Sunnyside for more than eight years now. I have witnessed the changes which have taken place these past eight years and wondered at the sense of community.
This sense of community pride extends to the schools.
That's why I'm hoping local school patrons will vote for the current bond issue before them and pay a few extra dollars a year. Granted, you will need to cut out a Java here and there. Maybe a nail appointment or slimming the budget on that new toy you've been working with.
Perhaps certain voters do not understand the necessity of the improvements at the high school. Perhaps, you haven't been inside the auditorium or on the bleachers. By some chance, you may have NEVER been connected to the high school in any way other than seeing it as just another building within the city or school district.
I highly doubt that, though. I think that if you are a part of the community you have SOME connection to the high school and/or Clem Senn Field. Maybe it is a distant connection, but most of us have been to these two facilities.
We know first-hand the improvements that are needed. If not for ourselves, for the future generation ... this bond will give them something in which to be proud.
Think of it this way ... saying no to the improvements is saying no to the future. There are a lot of reasons I say this.
One, the children in the community sit in the bleachers or auditorium at some point in their school careers. The bleachers are becoming dangerous and are a liability risk, which creates a safety issue for the children. The auditorium serves as a community gathering place for children to perform in the arts, give presentations and more. Without the auditorium upgrades, the quality of the program will gradually (over years) deteriorate and the community will need to spend more to upgrade at a later date.
We want our children and our community to be enriched in the arts. The auditorium presents a place for that enrichment. Do we really want to have to rely on other communities for this venue at a later date?
Two, community members who may be friends, family or coworkers gather at Clem Senn Field for graduation and sporting events. The bleachers are their seating. Again, the danger and safety of these people with whom you are fond of may be at issue.
So, MY opinion is ... Sunnyside should vote YES on Tuesday, March 13. I believe in the future of Sunnyside. Do you?
Jennie McGhan • March 9, 2007 • 4:27 PM
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