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King City grandpa urges yes vote on bond measure

To the Editor:

My wife and I moved just last month into King City after having lived in Tualatin for over 25 years. We decided to down-size now, and wanted to stay in this general area, specifically in the Tigard-Tualatin School District.

Like many of you, our kids are long since out of school, but we have grandchildren and even a great-granddaughter who are in the school system.

Also like many of you, we want to see these schools that our progeny attend be the best that they can be, mostly for these kids' sake but also because excellent schools are basic to a healthy and prosperous community, attracting productive families and strong businesses, and (they) are integral to a vibrant and thriving community. I have been on the Tigard-Tualatin School District Budget Committee for over 12 years and served as a past chair. State funding has been abysmal over the last few years, although we saw an up-tick recently and hopefully will see more improvement in the years to come.

King City, Summerfield and the Highlands have supported past local option levies for our operating costs - now the time has come for our support for the facility and capital expenditure side of this equation. Such items as replacing roofs and upgrading heating and ventilation systems, along with security and technology improvements, are needed to keep our schools current and responsive to educational excellence. I hope that you will join me in voting yes for the bond measure that will be on the November ballot. Our grandkids deserve it, and our community will certainly benefit from its passage in many ways.

Jerry Larsen

King City