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Page -12 Free Press Thursday, March 5, 2015 continued from page 1 class out of what was a stor- age room," Tobler said. Current teacher Julie Es- quibel echoed Tobler's com- ments on space. A teacher in Cheney Since 1991, Esquibel recalled what happened when they moved into the remodeled high school in 1994. "We were too big when we moved in," she said "We immediately had roaming teachers when we moved in. Immediately." Esq bds d anch dren deserve a better learning en- vironment, something she said Cheney High students are not receiving. The issue of crowded hallways, cafeteria and a lack of athletic practice space also came up Logan Pratt, CHS se- nior and associated student body vice president, said it takes him three minutes to walk the equivalent of 50 yards during class changes. Pratt also said students can't eat in the cafeteria due to a lack of sea0ng, taking to the hallways and classrooms to eat. "We see it every day, we live it," current teacher Tom Stralser said of the overcrowding. Current teacher Karen Runyon spoke emphatically on the need for safety in the building. She also spoke of the need for a $13.1 million performing arts complex as part of the bond proposal, addressing concerns by opponents that the facility wouldn't be used much. "Would we say that about the football field?" Runyon asked, listing other athletic facilities. "No. We need the performing arts center, and I bet it will be used more than anybody can even imagine." Former district employ- ee Shannon Lawson said learning excellence doesn't happen when teachers are pushing carts around hall- ways, students can't eat in the cafeteria and don't have their basic safety needs met. "We used to have a sign in our board room (at the Fisher Building) that said 'we all report to the chil- dren,'" Lawson said. "I know we don't meet there any more, but I want to keep that visual in mind because everyone of us in this com- munity ~:n~ts'to the' Chil- dren because these children come back and they come back and do great things for our conimunity and they go out and represent Cheney in many positive ways." Many of those favoring re-running the bond echoed the comments of co-chair of the Committee for the Support of Good Schools Richard Harris that it was more about a lack of voter turnout - only 37 pe~ent voted in the district - than it was no votes that led to the bonds failure. Harris said he looked up voter turnout numbers that revealed one-third of registered voters with chil- dren in the district voted. "Two-thirds of eligible voters with kids in our dis- trict did not vote at all," he said. "There are a lot of yes votes that we missed out on. I think we can get them~ Itis Photo by John McCallum CheneyHigh School senior Kayla Lemelin (at podium) addressed the school board at last Wednesday's meeting along with fellow students Samantha Abbott, Robyn Ross and ASB president Mary McCombie about the lack of space at the school. necessary to do this bond." funds are available to dis- cuss adding a performing Need mote arts complex and more athletic facilities. It was an thought approach shared by Mark Those who asked thePosthuma. board to wait on rertmning "I think we're all in the bond agreed with those agreement where we" re in favor that something saying the high school is needs to be done about at a place where it is inad- conditions at the high equate/' he said. "We have school, especially when it a lot of yeses, but (we're) comes to classroom space not hearing from those who and hallways. The biggest voted no. And I think that concern for most of them, is a challenge that needs to however, was the money actually be addressed." involved. Posthuma noted public Parent Allison Probert constructioncostsappearto said she knows of Airway be about three times higher Heights families whose than costs for private work. finances are too tight to He would like to see a more enable them to afford a tax competitive bidding pro- increase. She suggested cess, including bidding for running a smaller bond to architectural design work. address immediate over- District resident Bill crowding needs as well as Johns has been an outspo- security, and then coming ken critic of the current hack when state matching bond, and has publidy pro- continued from page 1 city has to obtain sponsor- tracted time and will be Braaten said. "We would ship from a local delegate, able to use their homes as sell it to have a compatible year. In the case of the lat- Mayor Patrick Rushing long as it is removed from use with Fairchild. All pro- ter, the city would purchase said Sixth District Rep. the property, ceeds from that sale would the lots, between 19th and Kevin Parker agreed to "Over time the sav-be returned to the state." 21st avenues, in the first sponsor the request, ings account will grow The city will also work phase. It would buy the The plan also proposes and residents will use the with nonprofit groups lots between 18th and 19th the establishment of in- money toward renting a lot and other organizations in the Second phase and the centive agreements with or purchasing property," to purchase land to build onesbetweenl5thandl8th residents once the city City Manager Albert Tripp affordable housing. The in the third, has purchased the mobile said. availability of low income "This has always been home parks. The city could The city also plans to and affordable housing in the plan," Braaten said. take the difference between rezone the areas located will allow residents to "With Solar World gone, park maintenance and op- south of Highway 2 torelocate at a more rapid 30 percent of the project is erations and reduce tenant blend in with established rate during the six-year done and this will take us rates. Another option is to commercial/industrialperiod. up to 60 percent." set up savings accounts to zoning. Property south Braaten said the city's The city is now advo- build a funding sourceten- of 18th Avenue would be biggest priority is to pro- cating for funding from ants can use to assist them designated light industrial tect residents while be- state and federal agencies in relocating at the end of while property north will ing in compliance with to purchase the mobile their contracted agreement, be designated commer-Fairchild. home parks. In order to Residents can relocate at cial. AlStovercanbereachedat request state funding, the any time within the con-"It's still in the works," al@chene~eepress.com. ncil continued from page 1 saves from tipping fees ad- justments. In November, Airway Heights entered into an agreement with Spokane County and the city of Spokane for solid waste services with gate fees costing $70.50 per ton. The council appointed Ciarra Gay to the Airway Heights Youth Advisory Commission. Kennedy said Gay was already vol- unteering prior to her ap- pointment to the commis- sion. "She helped us make Photo by AI Stover New Airway Heights Youth Advisory Commission member Ciarra Gay. decorations for the Daddy Daughter Dance," Ken- nedy said. "She hit the proved the first reading of ground running." Ordinance C-853, which Council approved a amends sections of the resolution that proclaimed Airway Heights Municipal Feb. 21 as "Bennie Wells Code Chapter 2.16.060, Day" in Airway Heights "Duties of Advisory Park in honor of his passing Board." and his accomplishments. Clerk-treasurer Rich- Bernie Wells, a resident ard Cook announced that of Airway Heights since the March 2 meeting would 1957, passed away Feb. be his last legislative ses- 12. He spent his final year sion and his retirement is at the Spokane Veterans' effective March 13. Home. Mayor Patrick AlStovercanbereachedat Rushing said he lowered al@cheney.~epress.com. the flags in the city Feb. 21 when he learned of Wells' passing. In other business: The council ap- posed that the adding dass- room space and improving security can be done for about $11.6 million, with other arrangements made for performing arts and athletics. "It takes care of the things that are absolutely necessary, instead of the $44 million," he said. 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Finally, former em- ployee Carl Schwenn ques- tioned the district's ability to maintain new facilities, noting when he was hired in 1984 there were nine maintenance workers and when he retired last year, there were 10. "In the meantime, we doubled the square foot- age of buildings, we more than doubled the acreage," he said. Schwenn said the dis- trict is "real good" at pass- ing bonds for buildings that in the first two years of operation don't require much maintenance. 13egin- ning in the third year, things begin to require repair and replacement. "Why doesn't the district figure in the cost of mainte- nance every time they plan to add more square foot- age?" Schwenn asked. The Cheney School Board will make a decision at its March11 regular meet- ing on whether or not to rerun the high school bond on the April 28 special elec-. lion ballot. 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