Letters to the Editor

PUYALLUP: Schools badly need more capacity

Nov. 3 is an important day for Puyallup School District students, staff and community. This is the day we vote to pass our school district’s bond.

I am a teacher in the Puyallup School District. It has been nearly 12 years since voters last approved a school bond. The bond project will replace three elementary schools and renovate and expand Pope Elementary School. It will also be used to build a new elementary school.

Since our last bond passed, I have seen how these buildings have become overcrowded. In spite of the district’s best efforts to keep all school buildings in good repair, there are needed renovations and upgrades that would make a profound difference in the daily learning life for Puyallup’s schoolchildren.

This year, the sixth-graders from Zeiger have to go to school at Ballou Junior High. Now, with a projected 1,600 more students coming in the district over the next five years, we have reached our capacity.

The need is great. To keep up with growing enrollment we need 11 new classrooms each year. The problem is, there is no additional space for them. Please vote yes to support the bond.