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Thursday, April 23, 2015 Free Press Page 5 continued from page 4 practice spaces so we can stand by our district's policy of not cutting a student who wants to play a sport and enough space in the building so those awkward and tentative teens we know and love can move safely and gather socially. Abundant research shows that graduation rates climb when kids are involved in school activities. We need every Cheney kid to graduate; we need every Cheney kid to be set up for success. And we need to give them more than classroom space to do that: we need to give them a learning community where they can learn and thrive. Let's appro- e the Cheney High School Bond. Thanks for your sup- port. Chris Valeo Cheney Bond issue needs to be debated Over the last two "yes" then she is right. years I have researched and prepared an alter- native which would only cost $11.6 million instead of $44.8 mil- lion proposed with this (Cheney High School) bond. This alternative would provide addi- tional classrooms, safe- ty, circulation and a new alternate high school. I have repeatedly challenged the school district and the Yes Committee to debate. They refused prior to the first running of this bond and now have again repeated this re- fusal. Has it become OK with voters that there does not need to be an open discussion and vetting of bond issues? As one board member said, "We don't have to debate." If you vote They don't. But is that what you really want? This from a district that teaches debate and has people with PhDs and masters degrees, and yet no one will debate the issues. I was willing to pur- chase time at the Wren Pierson Building or any place of their choosing but no takers. It is now up to you the voters. Can they send out vague infor- mation at our expense and other promotions by the Yes Committee paid for by contractors that have worked for the district? Is enough information av ailable in slick bright blue door hangers, signs and post cards that basically just say vote yes? It is only acceptable if you the voters ac- cept it. The vote goes to those who can spend the most money. Is it logical for a lunch room that is posted for 320 to have only 124 chairs, for all bused stu- dents to be dropped off across the student park- ing lot instead of right at the school, to put the secretaries as the front line guardians against intruders, to build an auditorium with a cost of $20,000 per seat, to tax parents out of their homes and for the super- intendent to move out of Cheney to an old missile base which costs more to maintain than the Fisher Building did? Maybe debating is- sues is too old fash- ioned. Bill Johns Cheney Students deserve more space I am writing to support the Cheney School Dis- trict's high school bond measure in the April 28 election. I live and work in the Cheney area, and my children attend Betz Elementary. I am proud of the fact that so much of our community is based in education from our public schools to an out- standing university.- I am excited that my children will have the opportunity to attend Cheney Middle School. When our commu- nity approved a bond to build the middle schools, it sent a mes- sage that we really care about our kid s and we want them to have op- portunities comparable to those of neighboring districts. I sincerely hope the citizens of Cheney will approve-the bond so thousands of Cheney children will be able to experience-a high school that meets their needs for years to come. They de- serve more than a school that is overcrowded and insufficient. Right now, there are 15 classrooms located in portables at the high school, stu- dents eat lunch on the floors, they give mu- sical performances in inadequate spaces, and they are bused to oth- er locations for sports practices. I urge you to approve the Cheney School Dis- trict bond on or before April 28. Let's show the kids of Cheney how much we value them by providing adequate facilities in which they can learn, grow and thrive. Beau Baldwin Cheney School board lacks trustworthiness At every school board meeting I attend, there is a PACE character trait read. They read about honesty, diligence and other honorable endeavors. This month's trait is trustworthiness, ironic since so many families are not feeling trust in our schools, adminis- trators or board members. For months now, Bill Johns has repeatedly asked the board and Yes To Kids Committee to open up a dialogue and debate him, so the public can decide on the bond. Since the August meeting it has been repeatedly ignored. Why? In fact, board member Marci Estrel- lado emphasized that the board is not required to do so (April 15 meeting). Why would the Board not want the public to hear about an alternative plan that costs closer to $12 million over a $44 million one? It is the best interests of all stake- holders to openly discuss the merits of both plans, their costs and the long- term tax effects on all stakeholders. Not just because the kids deserve it, but because voters deserve to make a decision based on all the facts. Not just what the board or Yes To Kids wants us to hear. Trustworthiness starts when all points of view are allowed and all points of view are available for informed deci- sion making. I am voting no. Alison Probert Cheney Crowded halls should cause concern I'm voting "Yes" to support The Cheney School District. I love living in the West Plains Area, I have lived here for 16 years. I have four great kids. They are smart and are fun to be around. Two of my children have graduated from Cheney High School and I cur- rently have one in the high school and one to be there soon. There are several times I need to go to the high school during lunch to pick up my son for appointments. I'm always concerned how crowded the halls are when the students are changing classes. The students can't even make it through the halls to get to their next class. I have asked my son what is lunch like and he said, "I have to eat on the floor in the hallways because there is no room in the lunch room." We also really need to update the building for security reasons too. We need to keepthe students safe. Let's give them a place they can learn and be successful. Who knows, maybe someday a student from Cheney High School could be the next President of the United States. Chris Babcock Cheney Send the district a message, vote no In 2010 Cheney School District voters approved a bond for $79 million. Construction was com- pleted in 2013/2014 on two new middle schools and elementary. The dis- trict is back with a re- quest for $44.8 million to cover the first phase of a remodel/new construc- tion for the high school which, when both phases are completed, will total $87.8 million. For the average hom- eowner this first phase will cost $150 more a year ($3,150 total). "$150 is no more that the cost of an evening out with my daughter," a teacher argueddur- ing an "information" meeting with the school board. Forty-nine and a half percent of Cheney stu- dents are on free and reduced lunch. These children are part of our community. These fami- lies want what all fami- lies want_ for chi]- dren, a good education, a home for their children and someday the ability to consider $150 just the price of an evening out. Please vote "No." Send the district a mes- sage that they need to be sensitive to everyone in the community. Re- running a bond without making any acknowl- edgement of the "No" voters is insensitive and arrogant. Susan Johns ................. ~C~ene'y Thank you Medical Lake fOrthe success As of April 29, 2015, Medical Lake Physical Therapy will be Closing its door after 10 proud and successful years providing service to this community. It is with great sadness that we are writing to an- nounce this closure. The staff and ] would like to express our sincerest gratitude See Letters page 6 ~~~~~S[ Friday !; Mostly Cloudy High/Low 57/35 Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Partly Cloudy Cloudy Partly Cloudy Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny 59/39 62/43 66/45 62/38 61/38 Thursday Partly Cloudy 66/38 ACCOUNTANTS NATASHA JERNEGAN, CPA Certified Public Accountant 1006 Rrst Street Cheney, WA 99004 509-235-4450 JANICE KOPRIVA PENAR, C.RA, Certified Public Accountant Ce~fied Financial Planner 1951 First Street., Cheney 235-2518.747-0614 DENTISTS CHENEY DENTAL CARE Dr. Andrew F. Martinssen Family & Cesmelc Dentistry 625 "B" Street, Cheney 235-6137 or 747-6841 KENNETH M. COLLINS, D.D.S. CHRISTOPHER M. COLLINS, D.D.S. Family Dentistry 1841 First Street, Cheney F&M Business Center 235-8451 443-8520 Hours: Men., Thurs., Fd. 7:00 - 2:30, Tues. & Wed. 7:00 - 4:30 MEDICAL LAKE DENTAL Bruce C. Toillion, D.D.S. Jessica M. 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Gwinn, M.D. Serban Ionescu, M.D. Internal Medicine Barbara Tdtt, P.A.-C OPTOMETRIST VISION HAUS Dr. Scott Borgholthaus 1867 1 st Street Cheney, WA 509.235-2010 PHYSICAL THERAPY AIRWAY HEIGHTS PHYSICAL THERAPY 9725 West Sunset Highway Located next to Boeing 509-624-4100 Jeffrey R. Wills, RT., Clinic Director Pauta Dillon Mays, P.T., A.T.C. Susan Barry, P.T., C.L.T. Erin Ribic, P.T., D.P.T.C.S.C.S. APEX PHYSICAL THERAPY 1855 First Street, Cheney Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 509-559-5038 Amy K. Sanderson, P.T., O.C.S. Vinca Piccolo, P.T., C.S.C.S. Kelsey Deines, P.T.A. Tracy Kuhn, D.P.T APEX PHYSICAL THERAPY 12721 14th Ave. Airway Heights Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 509-244-9968 Monty Soliday, M.F'.T. Kelsey Deines, P.T.A. Ryan Clouse, D.P.T Andy Hamilton, D.P.T. Gary Franks, P.T. ROCKWOOD PHYSICAL THERAPY AND MEDICAL FITNESS CENTER (Cheney) 1727 1st Street, Cheney, WA 99004 509-838-2531 ext. 5605 Fax: 509-235-2175 Monday & Wednesday 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday & Friday 7:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Thursday 10:00 a.m.- 630 p.m. Blondel Assonken, D.P.T. Nicole Stevens, D.P.T. PSYCHIATRY & COUNSELING PEAK PERFORMANCE PSYCHIATRY & COUNSELING Dr. Reznicek Board Certified Psychiatrist 1717 S. Rustle Rd., Suite 212A Spokane, WA 99224 509-315-4142 .PUBLISHING CHENEY FREE PRESS William lift, President Haflan Shellabarger, Publisher John McCallum, Editor 1616 W. First Street, Cheney 235-6184 299-5678 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. VETERINARIANS BLACKHAWK VETERINARY HOSPITAL Eric Wert, D.V.M 423 W. First Street, Cheney 235-2020 624-9613 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. to t :00 p.m. CHENEY VETERINARY CLINIC, INC. Dr. Traci Rickey, D.V.M. 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