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School bond: Vote yes for a common bond
When I first moved to Oak Harbor 16 years ago I learned that the history of the United Methodist Church dated back to 1891. After 30 years of ministry the church moved from its original location on the corner where Crescent Harbor Road crosses Regatta Drive to its present location on Ireland Street. The original building at that site needed to be torn down after another 40 years passed. An arsonist burned the new building after only five years of service and its replacement was built in 1970. By 1990 an addition was added to meet the growing needs of the congregation. Hundreds of hours of planning went into the project that was completed on time and within budget even if there was not always agreement on the specifics. The community responded faithfully and generously to plan and fund the buildings necessary for a renovated church home.
In many ways the history of the church I serve is much like the history of the high school. It has served the community faithfully for over 100 years. At one time both the church and the school met above the old L.P. Byrne store which also served as a meeting room and dance hall. There have been several buildings and several locations of each institution. The people of Oak Harbor have faithfully responded to meet the growing needs of those who live here.
I believe that the time has come to meet the next generation of needs for our community. Does the proposed bond meet all the particulars of every person? Perhaps not. Do all who serve as leaders always live up to the expectations of all their constituents? Perhaps not. I believe, however, that our school district personnel have demonstrated responsible leadership. They are acting in good faith on behalf of all of us and deserve our votes of confidence. They and the dedicated group of Citizens for Better Schools deserve our votes at the polls.
I hope that you will join not just Colleen and me but also the many state, county and city leaders plus the scores of senior citizens who have lived in Oak Harbor for many years and have faithfully supported schools. We have a Common Bond. I invite you to join us in voting YES, on March 11.
David G. Lura