To the editor:

In 1957 I came to Hermiston to teach science at Hermiston Junior High Having lived in western Oregon I wanted to get away from the rain. I planned to stay two years. But, realizing how dedicated patrons were to their schools and how appreciative they were of teachers, I stayed.

At the time I signed my contract I did not know Hermiston was the poorest school district in the state. Because of this, Hermiston barely had enough funding for operating expenses. Construction of new schools was done with the minimum standards permitted at the time. — completely unacceptable by today's standards. They all leaked. Safety was limited to getting the children quickly out of the building in the event of a fire. Unfortunately they were not built to last.

Now that our tax base is near the state average, it should be expected that our schools be built to standards that will be acceptable for generations to come. There is an expression, "build it and they will come." I have heard newcomers say they moved here because of the quality of our schools.

Our good reputation will continue if you vote yes for the school bond.

Carlisle Harrison


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