I would like to express my gratitude for your long history of support of capital bonds for the Bellingham School District. My family benefits from the recent earthquake safety upgrades done at Lowell. It is a gem, and demonstrates how important education is to this town. The physical plant of Lowell, however, isn't exactly perfect. While a lovely historic facility, it has no handicapped access. Have you seen the entrance? The staircase is daunting. This limits who can participate in an education at Lowell. The stairs are a big challenge to the student or teacher who ends up on crutches. Bellingham is a welcoming community and its schools should be, too.
Also, the lunchroom and gym are so small there's no space for all students to gather. It's standing room only for events that encompass only a few of the grades at a time. The lack of a multipurpose room hinders what can be offered for physical education and special events.
Accessibility and a large multipurpose room will improve all students' experience. I'm also aware that Lowell students today are tomorrow's Sehome students. Built in the 1960s, Sehome hardly stands up to the rigors of 21st century education's best practices, not to mention energy efficiency and security issues. This bond provides funding to keep our schools ready for the future.
Again, I want to thank you for your past support of our schools and urge you to continue.