As an 18-year Bethel School District employee working for children and families, I am writing in support of the Bethel bond issue.
The community pool is part of the instructional program for children and a family recreational center. Swimming can be enjoyed throughout life. Why would one deny the opportunity for children and families access to a pool because it appears “frivolous”?
Bethel’s students have been denied a pool too long. Surrounding districts provide pools as part of their community contribution. The state matches $10.5 million of the $29 million cost. The cost to taxpayers is $15 per year for a home assessed at $200,000.
My experience as a Bethel administrator led me to understand the lack of self-esteem felt by the students as they looked to the benefits other Pierce County taxpayers offered their children. Why should Bethel students (and the community) be deprived?
There will be a fee for community use of the pool. Pool fees at Pacific Lutheran University are $3.50; the Puyallup YMCA fees are $10 per child under 15 and $15 per adult. Fees at Rogers High School are $3.75 and $3.50 for senior citizens. I anticipate Bethel rates will be competitive.
Vote your heart, not your pocketbook.
(Naegele is a former principal.)