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Feedback: Teachers support Rotary project

The Oak Harbor Education Association fully supports the Rotary Stadium Coalition’s effort to raise at least $1 million to help pay for a new athletic complex at the high school. To assist in that effort, we were one of the first organizations to contribute $1,000.

Oak Harbor’s public school teachers, librarians, counselors, psychologists and educational specialists are consistent supporters of levies and bonds; they frequently donate dues dollars, time and effort to improve our community’s schools. OHEA is proud to help the Rotarians and other civic organizations and citizens to provide a grassroots effort at jumpstarting a successful bond campaign.

The Rotary Stadium Coalition’s ultimate goal is to construct a stadium, track and field, baseball field, and tennis courts at the high school, while also honoring our community’s service personnel through the construction of an on-site veterans memorial.

The needs are real. Existing facilities do not meet the Americans With Disabilities Act, do not meet current safety and accessibility codes, are obsolete, do not allow our athletes to compete on their home fields, and do not instill community pride. It is time for Oak Harbor to do what Arlington, Everett, Marysville, Mount Vernon, Snohomish, and other communities have done, and that is to provide modern, safe, and functional athletic facilities.

The OHEA encourages individuals and organizations to make a donation to the Oak Harbor Rotary Stadium Foundation at Whidbey Island Bank.

Peter Szalai, president

Oak Harbor Education Association

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