Letters to the editor, February 19-February 25

The Editor:

Staff and patrons of the Blaine school district have learned that the recently proposed capital projects bond initiative has seen greater than a 70 percent approval rate. This level of support is historically high, and well beyond the 60 percent level required for passage of the measure.

On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the patrons of Birch Bay, Blaine and Point Roberts for their support of their schools, and the students who are educated in our preschool through grade 12 classrooms each day. We feel privileged to have the opportunity to make much-needed improvements to multiple facilities in the district.

In the days and months ahead, we are committed to keeping our constituents informed of the progress that is being made specific to planning for and the delivery of our commitments. These are exciting times in public education, and with your support our students will have an even greater opportunity to maximize their learning potential.

Ronald C. Spanjer Ed.D.

Superintendent

Blaine school district

  1. What will be the capacity of the updated high school? Will it meet the current population of 650? If so, how soon will that number be too small? What will be the capacity of the updated cafeteria? If students students eat in shifts, are you only going to increase the capacity of the dining area? What is wrong with requiring band students to carry their instruments from one building to another? They march around in the rain during half-time without harmful effects. How will all-day every-day kindergarten be anything more than taxpayer-funded day care? And if it’s true that more than 50% of students come from Birch Bay, how could you not even consider building a primary school there? Please answer, Mr. Spanjer.

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