[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:]

I grew up in the Highline School District and graduated from Mt. Rainier High School in 1981. I have a deep commitment to the Highline School District as I received a quality education and had opportunities to participate in many activities. As a parent of children in the district and a small business owner in Burien , I support the bond.

Des Moines Elementary and Highline High School are over 90 years old and it concerns me that the students in those schools attend class in aging buildings that require costly maintenance. In addition, these buildings do not have the capability to support new technology that is needed for student learning. All of our students deserve to attend school in a safe environment with up to date technology. Teachers deserve to teach in buildings that allow them to be effective everyday. The passage of the bond will ensure this for students and teachers.

As a small business owner, I’ve watched this community grow and if we want this momentum to continue, we must reinvest in our neighborhoods and our schools. A quality school district is key to bringing new businesses and families into our community. Parents want to live and stay in communities that have quality schools for their children to attend. Failure to pass this bond will be costly not just to the district but to the entire community, as buildings will continue to deteriorate, teachers will choose to go to other districts and families will seek schools in other areas for their children. Let’s not let that happen – join me by voting to approve by November 4th.

– Dan House
Owner – Tin Room Bar and Theater
Owner – Dan the Sausageman
Mount Rainier Grad ‘81

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