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CV October 5, 2013 at 11:40 am
Can't wait to put up a VOTE NO lawn sign as we approach the ballot in February. Most folks in myRead More neighborhood are very skeptical of the need for a bond of this size even after attending "education outreach" propaganda sessions promoted by the district.
MISD bus driver Tom Dahlstrom at SE 60th & Island Crest Way. Credit: MISD
Rouchard Duprie October 2, 2013 at 08:12 am
This happens regularly! It averages once a month at the bus stop I walk my little one to.Read More Fortunately, we have a great bus driver who is always ready with his horn and takes note of the offending drivers license plate number. Many of these drivers are fiddling with their cell phones and are traveling well over the speed limit( usually followed by blowing through the nearby stop sign). And as for the spandex mafia aka cyclists, well forget about it. They appear to have total immunity from traffic laws. I would like to see the enforcement statistics here on the island. This issue won't be taken seriously until the one of the Island's ruling elite's little one is injured by an irresponsible driver.
A new elementary school at the North Mercer campus is proposed as part of the $99M bond. Credit: MISD
Thomas Imrich October 2, 2013 at 11:05 am
Excellent comment Geoff. I have also heard similar comments privately and recently, from otherRead More concerned Island residents with significant relevant professional, education, and financial experience.
Brian Emanuels October 28, 2013 at 03:48 pm
ICYMI Tom & Geoff, we took your suggestion and are forming advisory committees for each of the 3Read More projects, to get parent, community and staff input during the design, bidding and construction process: http://mercerisland.patch.com/groups/mercer-island-school-district/p/school-district-seeks-volunteers-to-give-input-to-school-architectural-team?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001&newsRef=true. People who are interested in participating, particularly those with expertise in architecture, design, construction and/or sustainability, should contact Dean.Mack@mercerislandschools.org by this Friday.
Thomas Imrich October 28, 2013 at 07:06 pm
Brian, I believe that taking this prudent course of action now will help both get the bondRead More successfully over the goal line this time, as well as help get useful feedback on the detail of the plan, for what should actually be built, and spent. That in turn gets the best value for both education, and for Island taxpayers.
Nathan Cummings. Credit: Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.
Gary Redman September 25, 2013 at 09:11 am
Congratulations!!! What an honor.
Connie Carson September 25, 2013 at 08:48 pm
Congratulations, the world need all the poets it can get. !!
Mercer Island School Board President Janet Frohnmayer and MISD Supt. Gary Plano listen to a presentation to the board. Credit: Kendall Watson
Kendall Watson August 12, 2013 at 10:57 am
@Publius: Upon further review (thanks very much to an eagle-eyed MI PATCH reader), schoolRead More construction soft costs do indeed include taxes. I repeat: School District do pay taxes on building new schools, as well as portables, and a great number of other things as well. I would encourage you to visit the relevant State Dept. of Revenue web page for this, located at: http://dor.wa.gov/content/doingbusiness/businesstypes/industry/schooldistrict/default.aspx The second item identified as subject to taxes is "Construction services". Apologies for the incorrect information that I appended to the story earlier — which I'll now remove — and reinstate the previous version of the story.
Publius August 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm
Thanks for confirming that schools do pay taxes. I do not for the life of me understand WHY taxesRead More would be paid on public works (roads, schools, etc). It inflates the cost, funneling money from the projects the pubic widely supports regardless of political views to those which are more debatable.
Richard Karnes September 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm
I am so tired of our school system giving away schools because of declining student population, thenRead More appealing for funds to build anew. This cycle will certainly occur again and again over time. Isn't it time to look at two mutually complementary alternatives to massive building campaigns? 1. Absorb increases above norm population with portables. 2. Expand facilities in a timeframe consistent with projected upticks in student population, e.g., a year ahead of each grade’s expanded enrolment. What’s important is quality of education, which translates to teachers, teacher-student ratio, and electronic facilities. Fancy physical plant is unnecessary, even the more so if/when we decide to give it away – again.