I’m grateful for the Schools and services we have here in Hermiston. One of the many reasons we moved here 20 years ago was because of the schools, teachers and community. Over the years our community has risen to the needs of the children. Safety and security at Rocky Heights and Highland Hills elementary schools are two current needs identified by an independent safety audit conducted by our own Hermiston Police Department. The audit found the design, age, and lack of life-safety alert systems at these schools are inadequate to meet the current safety standards. For these reasons, among a host of other reasons, I hope the school bond is passed. When it comes to safety, can we be too prepared?