I don’t do Facebook much, but once in a while I check out what is being said on the Vernonia Community Page and to see what others are saying in ‘cyberspace.’ On occasion I see a posting expressing concern over our lack of playground equipment, the condition of the fields, or similar issues. I was encouraged during the last week of school when I visited a meeting where a community member took action about their concern about playground equipment. She actually came in and met with an administrator and a board member to discuss what could be done. It is refreshing to know that there are so many community members who are committed to finding ways to improve our new schools.
I know that everyone in Vernonia who pays taxes contributes to the new school and I appreciate your annual support, which will last for many years. We would not be where we are today if the voting patrons of the Vernonia School District hadn’t stepped up and passed the bond in 2009 for $13,000,000! I want to personally thank each of you for your current and continued support.
I am also very appreciative of the many corporations, foundations, and individuals from outside our community who helped make our new schools a reality. There aren’t very many communities that can build a $40,000,000 school by passing a $13,000,000 bond. We had a lot of help from so many different individuals and government agencies. I would especially like to thank Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Legislature for their support of our program by making $4,000,000 in emergency funds available to our project and the staff of the Oregon Department of Energy who have offered their help and support for our project even before it was a project and are continuing to do so today.
It is my hope that as we continue to move forward as a school and as a community that we can do so by keeping the lines of communication open so that suggestions and information can flow in both directions as needed. There are a lot of changes headed our way as we march into the future so let’s continue to work together, marching in step to make our progress faster and more efficient. Together we can make it better!