Letters to the Editor

PUYALLUP: $5 per year builds four new schools

I am writing in support of Puyallup School District’s construction bond. While the state constitution indicates that it is the paramount duty of the state to make provisions for the education of students, nowhere does it indicate that the state is responsible for building or expanding schools to keep up with growth. The bond measure does just that.

As a homeowner, supporting this bond is a sound investment that I know will pay far greater dividends than the additional $5 per year it will cost my family. Even with Puyallup having the most portables of any district in the state, many schools are still forced to teach students in tiny offices, large closets and on the stage in the gym.

Voters passed a smaller class-size initiative at the state level, and now it’s time to put our money where our mouth is. I love to “pay it forward” at Starbucks and can’t help but think about the impact the same $5 would have by building four new schools and remodeling one.