Letters to the Editor

Feedback: Future requires support for bond

During the past few months, a wealth of information has been provided regarding the Oak Harbor High School modernization bond. Mr. Ludlow (Letters, April 26) has chosen to include only those facts that he feels support his plans to vote no on the bond.

The Memorial Stadium bond was placed on the ballot prior to and independent of the current bond to improve its chances of passing. It worked.

Mr. Ludlow’s argument that we taxpayers should not have to pay for past mistakes made by the district ignores the fact that the students are the real victims. The design of the layout of the school (many entrances) was determined years before the incident at Columbine. It’s probably also fair to state that this was an unforeseen circumstance that should not be blamed on “the district,” nor should the need for seismic strengthening, better wheelchair access, wider hallways, an easier to maintain (sloped) roof, and most of the other proposed changes that he neglects to mention.

Mr. Ludlow says of the school he attended almost half a century ago, “the exact same school still exists.” So does OHHS and, by the way, so does a much older OHHS, now part of Oak Harbor Elementary School.

Mr. Ludlow states that, “Until there are some checks and balances put in place, that protects the taxpayer, I will be voting no.” I challenge Mr. Ludlow to support his position by naming the specific checks and balances that could be put in place that would compel him to vote yes.

One of the main criteria that families use to choose a city in which to live is the quality of the educational system. We owe it to our children, to the future of our fine city, and to ourselves to provide the best education and educational environment we can for our future doctors, teachers, engineers, CEOs and other workers. Please support the future of our students and our community by voting “yes” on the school bond issue.

JuLee Rudolf

Oak Harbor

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