Our Views: Napavine school bond worthy of passage


The Napavine School District stands at a critical juncture, facing challenges and opportunities that demand our attention. 

It’s essential to consider the profound impact of educational infrastructure, both in terms of facilities and the security they provide, particularly for a community like Napavine, where many students depend on the free and reduced lunch program for their daily sustenance.

It is important to acknowledge the undeniable benefits of proper classrooms over the temporary, cramped confines of portable buildings. Education is the cornerstone of personal and community growth, and statistics overwhelmingly support the advantages of well-structured learning environments. Students in traditional classrooms tend to score higher on standardized tests, with studies showing a significant positive correlation between classroom quality and academic achievement. These structured spaces foster better teacher-student interaction, enable more focused learning, and ultimately result in improved educational outcomes.

The provision of secure educational facilities is a topic that might be uncomfortable to contemplate, but it’s a critical consideration in today’s world. The safety of our students is paramount, and a well-constructed school facility offers essential security features, including immediate lockdown capabilities in the event of a safety risk. Data highlights that secure schools have lower rates of violence and create a more conducive atmosphere for learning. A safe and protective environment nurtures a sense of wellbeing, which in turn positively influences students’ overall academic performance.

In addition to the academic aspect, it is essential to emphasize the humanitarian dimension of the Napavine School District’s needs. A significant proportion of our students rely on the free and reduced lunch program, making the school kitchen a lifeline for many. An updated kitchen facility can offer nutritious meals, possibly the only balanced nutrition some children receive during the week. 

This underscores the importance of not only educating our students but also nourishing their physical wellbeing. It’s a sobering reality that calls for a comprehensive approach to our children’s welfare.

In the face of these facts, the Napavine School District’s Proposition No. 1, a $19 million bond, is not merely an investment in buildings; it’s an investment in the future of our community. The proposed changes, including new, permanent instructional spaces, an auxiliary gym, facility upgrades and a more extensive high school kitchen, are transformative and long overdue. The reduced need for students to cross busy roads and the improved security measures ensure our students’ safety and enhance their learning environment.

We acknowledge that costs are increasing, and balancing budgets is becoming ever more challenging. Nevertheless, the necessity for these improvements remains undeniable, and the status quo is unsustainable. Proposition No. 1, a 25-year bond at $1.46 per $1,000 of property value, represents a manageable investment for the entire community. For a $300,000 home, this equates to an increase of $36.50 per month or $438 per year, a reasonable price for securing a brighter future for our students and our city.

Napavine School District stands at a pivotal moment in its journey. 

We urge our fellow community members to consider the compelling statistics supporting the benefits of well-structured classrooms, the imperative of providing a secure learning environment, and the humanitarian significance of an updated kitchen facility. The $19 million bond is an investment in the education, safety and wellbeing of our children, and it’s a step forward that Napavine can ill afford to miss. Learn more about the proposition at https://www.napavineschools.org/home/2023-bond and join us in supporting the Napavine School Bond worthy of passage.