Building schools…Building futures…Lifting Longview
Projects for every school
It is vitally important that the voters approve the Longview School District’s Facilities Bond. Doing so will allow the district to address its most urgent needs (as identified by its Facilities Advisory Committee). Replacement of Mint Valley and Northlake elementary schools (which have been rated as poor in the physical condition and functional adequacy) will expand elementary permanent capacity, permitting the elimination of most portables and accommodation of state-mandated lower class sizes. With interest rates still at low levels, this is a prime time to replace worn-out schools, rather than wasting money on temporary fixes.
Safety and security will be enhanced at all district sites, with improved security at entrances, additional security cameras, better lighting and additional fencing. Upgrades of vocational facilities at both high schools will create an excellent environment for career and technical education. Memorial Stadium will be renovated, with a synthetic turf field and new track. The bond will also pay for major repair projects throughout the district.
It has been 18 years since the district passed any bond, and 25 years since it passed an elementary school bond. Previous generations did a great job of providing Longview with good school facilities. Now it’s time for us to carry on that tradition. Constructing 21st-century schools will give our students a strong start and help make Longview a district of choice for families and staff. It’s time to invest in our kids and community: building schools, building futures and lifting Longview. Please vote YES for Longview’s school bond!
The following have endorsed the bond measure:
Longview-Kelso Chamber of Commerce
Cowlitz Wahkiakum Counties Labor Council
Longview-Kelso Building and Construction Trades Council
Longview Education Association – See Facebook
Longview Classified Public Employees Association (LCPEA)
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) , Local 925
Dean Takko, State Senator – 19th District
Brian Blake, State Representative – 19th District
Jim Walsh, State Representative – 19th District
Longview City Council Members, Don Jensen, Mike Wallin, Steve Moon, Mary Alice Wallis, Scott Vydra and Chet Makinster
Longview City Council candidates, John Melink, Ruth Kendall and Spencer Boudreau
Kids should always come first
See an editorial in The Daily News by Phil Jurmu, chairman of Longview Citizens for Quality Schools.