I have lived in the Olympia School District for decades and always voted for the school levies. All of my children (7) and two of my grandchildren graduated from OHS. I'm writing now to say I cannot vote for Proposition 2. I could vote for part of it, but not all of it. Two items I cannot support: a new theater at CHS and a new building at OHS.
CHS's theater is not even 10 years old. I do not believe it needs to be expanded. The CHS office was remodeled twice already. Why? Poor planning? And CHS was built with a flat roof to collect ice and snow. It collapsed!
A new building at OHS is a perfect example of poor planning. The previous superintendent was asked about the possibility of a third high school and dismissed the idea. Do we have to pay for a previous administration's poor planning?
The district's own, current capital facilities plan predicts that the population of OHS could balloon to nearly 2,000 students within 5 years. As someone who lives down the street, I don't believe this large a student population is in the neighborhood's best interests.
I hate to think of more cars and buses on Carlyon Avenue and North Street before and after classes.
As studies reveal, bigger is not always better for schools. How about a new high school with room for future Olympia School District population growth?