Pella Chronicle

Opinion

March 22, 2013

Pella: Top notch schools? Check. Top notch facilities? Not so much.

Pella — On Tuesday, April 2, voters in the Pella Community School District will have the opportunity to enhance the educational experience of Pella Community, Pella Christian, and home-schooled students by approving a 20-year, 29.1 million dollar bond referendum.  The proposed long-range facility plan is the result of an 18-month analysis by a group that included Pella Community board members, administration, staff, and the public. As member of the original team of Pella residents who toured the public school facilities, we are encouraged by the additions and improvements that have been proposed. As the parents of three school aged kids, we are thrilled with the opportunities that they will provide. We hope you will join us in voting “yes” on Tuesday, April 2.

Components of this long-range facility plan include significant renovations and expansion to the high school including an arts addition, athletic renovation and/or addition, administrative addition, and renovation of the commons area plus the construction of a career academy building in partnership with DMACC which will be used by Pella and Pella Christian and home-schooled students to receive dual credit in nine career areas as well as additional safety and security enhancements to the high school, middle school and Jefferson. Additionally, a new PK-3 facility will be built to replace the current Lincoln Elementary, and will be built on the existing Lincoln site.

Will this project increase property taxes? Yes…slightly. It is a fact that most Pella residents will see a property tax increase of less than $50 per year. That’s one fewer time that our family will eat out, or one fewer family movie night at the theater.  Clearly, this is a small price to pay for dramatic improvements to the safety and education of our children. A full overview of the project including the tax implications is available on the school Web site at www.pella.k12.ia.us.

Pella is a community rich in heritage and proud of the opportunities that it affords its families, students, and children. We are blessed to live in a place with beautiful architecture, immaculate streets, colorful parks, thriving businesses, and quality people. Our schools are top notch in many ways. They boast distinction in terms of academics, athletics, extra and co-curricular activities. The leadership is superb and the teachers, administrators and staff are exceptional. Unfortunately, our current school facilities do not reflect this same dedication to excellence.

Please consider investing in the future of our children, businesses and community by voting “yes” on Tuesday, April 2. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. All Pella wards will vote at the Memorial Building located next to City Hall on the west side of the square. Citizens who typically vote in Leighton and Otley may go to their normal voting location.

Additionally, voters may obtain an absentee ballot by visiting the Marion County Auditor’s Office or their website at http://forms.gmdsolutions.com/auditor/app_absentee_ballot.pdf.  

 

1
Text Only
Opinion
Features
Facebook
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Obituaries