Sometimes at the end of a race, or in my case the end of a wrestling match, the results were not what you expected but the results seemed fair. I don’t have that feeling about recent decisions of the MLSD School Board. Their decisions about a new “high school” are not what I expected. This plan is contrary to the bond issue passed, and ignores recommendations of two committees, and numerous public meetings I’ve attended and participated in. I am adamantly opposed to additions to the current campus and the resulting “mega high school.” The next step, a few years from now, with this plan, will lock us in to further expanding the current site. We voted to build a second high school and the time to do this is now. Moses Lake is a growing community and will greatly benefit from a second high school. Several Eastern Washington communities have thrived when they built a second and even a third new high school. This high school should be built to hold 700-900 students on a separate site not adjacent to the current high school with “new programs” that have been discussed in planning meetings, and should include athletics, academic activities and “traditional” comprehensive course offerings.
The construction delays have cost the community millions of dollars from lost purchasing power from inflation and increased construction costs.
I am not advocating initiating a lawsuit or a petition to demand the right thing is done, further delaying construction, but I encourage the board to reconsider its decision. Many in the community feel that the school board is ignoring the reasons that the bond was passed after many failed attempts. It will be extremely difficult to pass future bonds. Bond issues and elections have long-term consequences. Please do the right thing.