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Although I live toward the South end of the Island, I’m looking forward to the new Island Crest Way configuration.
This is a follow-up to the May 21 letter by Robert Andrews, titled, “Road diet changes mean more problems on roads.”
I read the story in the May 16 issue of the Mercer Island Reporter about the City Council deciding to spend taxpayer money to support a private company’s (Puget Sound Energy) green energy program.
Supporting green energy sounds like such a good idea, and if Mercer Island residents want to participate in the PSE’s “Green Power” program, they certainly can.
Like many other Islanders who live south of 40th Street, I was relieved when, amid budget concerns, the ‘road diet’ scheme that would slash Island Crest Way to half its current capacity appeared to have died quietly last year.
When the idea of an ICW ‘road diet’ surfaced some years ago, citizens opposed to the scheme were able to convince the City Council to drop the proposal.
In light of the failed school levy, it seems obvious the School Board and parents of school-aged children overreached in their demands.
The School Board, superintendent and “leadership” of the Mercer Island School District need to re-examine their mission.
This school bond defeat really isn’t surprising, even though MI voters are strong supporters of the school system, including many who voted against this bond measure.
The Mercer Island Guild of Children’s Hospital, publishers of the 2012 Directory, would like to thank the community for sending in their donations for the uncompensated care fund at Children’s. Contributions can be sent in throughout the year and are very much appreciated.
Student input may be valuable in evaluating schools
A hard-earned computer taken at Mercer Island High School is taken, owner hopes for return.
I like to refer to Fran Call’s letter to the Mercer Island Reporter, Feb. 15, 2012, “Gone are the days voters always say ‘yes’ to schools.”
For the past two years, I have taught at Lakeridge and am a Mercer Island resident. I wanted to work for the Mercer Island School District because I wanted to teach in the community in which I live and also where my daughter attends school.
I am writing to ask my fellow Islanders to vote yes on April’s school bond. I confess that I was a skeptic initially, but after examining the evidence I decided that the district’s plan was well-conceived and demanded my support.
If my math is correct, 56,000 voters in Issaquah are being asked to pony up $3,910 each for a school bond, yet 16,000 voters on the Island are being asked for $12,312 each for a similar but somewhat nebulous scenario.
Seattle KingCounty Realtors® (SKCR) have endorsed a bond proposition to modernize and expand facilities in the Mercer Island School District. The measure seeks $196 million to fund several rebuilding and renovation projects over the next five to eight years.
Seismologists knew comparatively little when our schools were constructed in the 1960s.
I was very disappointed by the Mercer Island School Board’s decision not to fund the $3,000 to place the almost $200,000,000 school bond measure in the voters’ pamphlet.
One hates to bite the hand that fed it, but this former Mercer Island teacher is alarmed. Why is it that our School Board is rushing to ask for so much of our money, but does not seem able or willing to give us adequate information about how it will be used?