Wilkes Elementary: sturdy facade, scuzzy interior


It’s round two for the Bainbridge school district’s $42 million bond.

After failing by just a handful of votes in May, the district has done little more to the bond than brush it off and try to pitch it to the public more effectively.

Part of the district’s campaign for the November ballot was to give tours of Wilkes Elementary, which will draw most of the bond’s dollars for a full demolition and rebuild.

I took the tour on Thursday. The most striking thing for me was hearing a teacher recount the times she’s had to don rubber boots when a nearby bathroom floods the hallway and part of her classroom.

With a host of problems – from its roof to its underground infrastructure – it seems most everyone agrees Wilkes is in a sad state. There is, however, disagreement over when and how to fix it.

Read my story on Wilkes and the school bond here.

5 thoughts on “Wilkes Elementary: sturdy facade, scuzzy interior

  1. Voters and Taxpayers:

    This article from Tristan Baurick is like the old country Western question: Are you going to believe my lying lips or your eyes. The mere fact that BISD is pitching this story 2 weeks to close of vote tells me BISD did not complete the sales deal.

    If the roof leaked causing flooding it tells me BISD has not been a good steward of what they were given. If the roof leaked, fix it. This is not complicated.

    This article is in the tradition of the best Onion satire.
    The answer is not building the most expensive school in Washington State. That is clearly irresponsible.

    A stitch in time saves nine BISD #303.

    Watch YouTube key word No! BI bloat bond and Your Taxes: you’ll be suprised. http://www.YouTube.com.

    Hold your course: Vote NO and No.

  2. At the certain risk of feeding Mr. Olsen’s never-ending appetite for argument, it is necessary to remind everyone that JMO’s opinion and commentary regarding BISD is not based on the issue at hand. Rather, it is simply a continuation of his long-running personal dispute with BISD.

    Put simply, the man has zero credibility when it comes to issues related to BISD.

    Please don’t listen to people bearing grudges in place of facts.

  3. That second YouTube video is way off base. A lot more than 30% goes to the schools. Much of the tax money on the state category is returned to the school districts. I don;t know the exact percenntage, but you are way understating the schools’ cut.

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