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School bond: Undecided? Ponder this
As the date approaches for the high school remodel, I am asking for the support of all those who are still undecided. This is my 30th year teaching, and all of my experience in buildings over the state comes to the same conclusion: Buildings matter.
Specifically the space I have, lighting, consistent heat, airflow, windows, adequate space for lunch, library size, width of hallways, size and quality of athletic facilities, space and equipment for hands-on classes, office space, number and size of bathrooms, number and size of classrooms, teacher work areas, and adequate meeting space; they all impact the quality of instruction. All these and more make a school more effective.
For many of us, our memories of an adequate school are of a different time. This is not my old high school where manual typewriters were the order of the day. And those of you who have graduated from Oak Harbor High School, your old high school has different needs than today. The brick building looks good but systems within the building are failing. We need to make changes. I know this because I work in the building daily.
We need this remodel to help kids. Kids are still kids but circumstances have changed. More of them come to us at risk. In order to be more successful we need adequate buildings. School personnel are asked to do more, in many cases, mandated to do more. We need support now more than ever. I have also read criticism of our superintendent, Dr. Rick Schulte, as well as the school board. First of all, I have known Dr. Schulte from his beginning interview for a job in the district. That has been well over a decade. He has over and over again proved he is a man of integrity and intelligence. He is a responsible financial manager. We are fortunate he has stayed with us. And the school board! I have had the children of every current board member in classes at Oak Harbor High School, so I have had many conversations with them. They are, every one of them, tireless public servants whose only purpose is to help educate the children of Oak Harbor. None are involved for other motives.
We have in place right now, in Oak Harbor, a great team to oversee a remodel at the high school. So lets look beyond our own personal issues and help improve all aspects of our community and vote YES March 11.
Marvin A. Reed
Teacher, Oak Harbor High School