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Elementary school principals, teachers, staff: Teachers speak up

Our children come to elementary school deserving the best education we can offer — all children — from special needs to special talents. As educators, we need a full tool chest to meet all the different needs of our students — great programs, modern technical support and classroom settings with room for all students and learning experiences.

As elementary enrollment has grown, we have done the best with the spaces we have. However, this has included compromises such as:

■ An entire grade level of 10-year olds in outside modular classrooms. (They have to put on their coat and gloves to go to the bathroom.)

■ Important programming spaces such as small group learning, special education and intervention are happening in the hallways rather the private settings they deserve.

■ Dedicated spaces, including professional development, are being lost to classroom sprawl.

■ Dangerous overcrowding of the traffic lanes and parking lots at drop-off and pickup.

The proposed facilities master plan will fix all of these and also:

■ Incorporate pre-school at each elementary campus, adding 45 additional seats for such an urgent need in our community.

■ Offer both a K-5 and PK-2/3-5 elementary option.

■ Embed the Boys & Girls Club within the Strawberry Park campus.

We, the undersigned teachers and educators from the elementary schools who are passionate about educating young minds, urge you to join us in supporting the bond election by voting yes to 3A and 3B.

Michelle Miller,

Soda Creek principal

Amy Bohmer,

Soda Creek assistant principal

Rebecca Dybas-Nicholson,

Soda Creek second-grade teacher

Elissa Chapman,

Soda Creek special education teacher

Jennifer McCannon,

Soda Creek instructional coach

Tracy Stoddard,

Strawberry Park principal

Jenny Krentz,

Strawberry Park assistant principal

Carol Harris,

Strawberry Park kindergarten teacher

Kayli Daymon,

Strawberry Park music teacher

Maggie Moore,

Soda Creek kindergarten teacher

Christine Russell,

Soda Creek media and ELL specialist

Lisa Adams,

Strawberry Park fifth-grade teacher

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