Letters to the Editor -- March 06, 2008

Published on Thu, Mar 6, 2008
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
Blaine high school is in need of both upgrade and expansion as we move forward in addressing the learning needs of both present and future students. In addition to the improvement of existing instructional space, the bond will provide for more than 70,000 square feet of new facility on the Blaine high school campus.
Student demand for science classes has significantly outpaced the lab space available to support these programs. The new facility will provide for a sufficient level of lab space and assure that all students have the opportunity to more consistently experience learning in an inquiry-based environment.
Currently, high school students in the district share band, choir and cafeteria space with students at the middle school. The visual arts, drama and career and technical education programs will also benefit greatly from having dedicated program space on the high school campus.
Over the past 10 years, we have seen student enrollment at the high school level grow from 475 to 700 students. Through addressing critical facility needs at the high school now, we will be poised to accommodate future program demands.
The bond will also address critical needs at other Blaine school district sites. The enclosure of play shed areas at Blaine primary school will allow for greater flexibility in the use of instructional space.
The extension of the Blaine elementary school cafeteria will allow us to better accommodate the demand that 500 students now place on this facility. The renovation of special education space at Blaine middle school will assure that our moderate to severely disabled students are provided a learning environment that is more efficiently supportive of their needs.
The purchase of property in the Birch Bay area will support future consideration of a separate elementary school on the southwest end of the Blaine school district.
The expansion and upgrade of our transportation site will allow for the efficient parking of a bus fleet that is annually increasing. Upgrades at our soccer, baseball, softball and football fields will better support not only the needs of our students, but community based programs as well.
The Blaine school district has enjoyed a reputation for providing a broad level of educational opportunities for students at all levels.
The approval of the capital projects bond, and the maintenance and operations levy, will assure for a continued commitment to the quality education of children in our collective communities.
Ron Spanjer, superintendent
Blaine school district
Blaine

The Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome James Bolick as the new president for Blaine youth baseball. I have enjoyed serving as president over the last several years and wish him all the best as he takes on his position.
I would like to thank all the coaches, parents and others who volunteered of their time to make this program a success. I would also like to thank the sponsors for their continued support of the Blaine youth baseball program.
Finally, I would like to recognize and thank Christie Rector, the secretary of Blaine youth baseball, for the enormous commitment of time and effort she has given over the last several years. Best wishes for a great baseball season!
Paul Aguirre
Blaine

The Editor:
Toni Peller’s principal lifetime work was to make the rest of us understand how easy love is. This is no easy work.
When she passed at age 80 last week, the world was still at war. Still, no person went unhugged when Toni was nearby. No animal went hungry, no flower unattended.
She was the designated hugger at the Blaine Senior Center for many years. It was impossible not to be touched, in body and in spirit, by this unassuming, funny, kind friend to our community.
Toni’s infectious attitude told us, anything that can possibly go wrong already has gone wrong, so let’s have a party with the broken pieces.
Usually humanitarians have big names. But the essence of the job is to find the humanness in others and draw that out, perhaps to make another persons burden a bit lighter. For the moments we were with her, that’s what Toni did.
She was a world traveler, gardener, writer, spouse and friend. Of all her skills, we will miss the love the most.
Mike Berry
Blaine

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The Northern Light welcomes letters to the editor; however, the opinions expressed are not those of the editor. Letters must include name, address and daytime telephone number for verification. Letters must not exceed 350 words and may be edited or rejected for reasons of legality, length and good taste. Thank you letters are limited to five individuals or groups. A fresh viewpoint on matters of general interest to local readers will increase the likelihood of publication. Writers should avoid personal invective. Unsigned letters will not be accepted for publication. Requests for withholding names will be considered on an individual basis. Only one letter per month from an individual correspondent will be published.

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