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Clover Park School Bond
The following two letters are in support of the Clover Park School District Bond. With the election February 7, we want to hear from our readers. In favor of the bond or not, we want to hear from you. Send us an email with your thoughts.
Lakewood Mayor Claudia Thomas has proclaimed the goal of putting “unity” back into “community.” Voters can begin by voting “YES” for Clover Park School District’s construction bond. This is great opportunity to demonstrate why Lakewood was chosen as among 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise, recognizing Lakewood’s progress in getting better results for kids.
By saying “YES,” voters will join a public-private venture with the district and Boys and Girls Club to rebuild aging, outdated Lakeview Elementary School saving tax dollars through joint planning and site preparation; next to Lakeview, private funds will build an expanded Boys and Girls Club. Lakes High will also be rebuilt, saving many more dollars in annual maintenance.
Voting "YES" just makes dollars and sense.
Dr. Bill and Andie Gernon
An investment of 25 cents a day, per household, seems like a very small amount to show our support for the children of the Clover Park School District by voting YES for the February 7th School Construction Bond.
The Bond is so timely with our unique opportunity to partner with the Boys and Girls Club, (The Gary Milgard Family Hope Center) being rebuilt on the Lakeview Elementary campus. The center will house a computer lab, multipurpose gym, cafeteria, tutor rooms, etc. This will save the taxpayers approximately two million dollars by sharing the new facilities.
To comply with the current building codes, will require significant changes at Lakes and Lakeview. Sprinkler systems, visual fire alarms and up-to-date smoke detectors are needed. If a fire occurred, the survivability of occupants and the buildings themselves is seriously diminished with the lack of these safety improvements.
Many children in this district will benefit with the rebuilding of Lakeview and Lakes. Half the children in our district will attend Lakes High School, and all Clover Park Schools will benefit through the redistribution of the money now being used to maintain Lakes. Lakes uses 19% of the district’s maintenance dollars because of outdated electrical, sewage, heating, ventilation, and structural systems.
Having educated our children in the Clover Park School District and continuing to be dedicated community members, we feel strongly about the value of good safe schools, and the education of ALL children in our community. Good schools enhance the value of our homes and will continue to make Lakewood a desirable community.
Margaret and Bob Bjorke
Cuppy and Steve Walker
Thanks for the coverage
As usual, your coverage of the Mike McGavick event was super. In the picture, Deryl McCarty is Chairman of the Pierce County Republican Party.
This is the kind of coverage we wish we would have in the TNT. Their coverage was very bland, but at least there was coverage. Too bad they didn’t include an outline of his talk like you did, they didn’t mention anything about the military presence, and didn’t give credit to our club or the 28th District Republican Club as co-hosting the event.
Am I complaining or what?
Marlene Bostic, President
Lakewood Republican Women’s Club
Great issue! Thanks. I particularly liked Dunkelberger and Neary’s recounting of Frances Farmer’s history; and I cheer them on with their history project. I worked at WSH from 1983 through 1987 as a ward psychologist and so-called "Program Director" for a ward of chronically ill, long-term patients. Let’s just call it quite an experience that I will not commit to writing.
Of course, I have to nitpick: The Lakewood Journal may have "shuddered" at the prospect, but they "shuttered" their doors!