As a senior with a long family history in Palo Alto (my grandfather, for whom the school is named, led the District's first bond issue, which built Palo Alto High School) I urge your readers to support Measure A.
• Our three children received an outstanding education here, so although we no longer have children in school, we feel it is our duty to do whatever is necessary to ensure that today's students receive the same benefits. The excellence of our schools also maintains the property values of everyone, including families with no children, so as beneficiaries of that system it is in our interest to maintain it.
• As chair of the Sustainable Schools Committee, I know that the District is exercising outstanding stewardship of our tax dollars. With financial help from City Utilities, it has installed an energy management system that achieves substantial savings, shifting funds from utility bills to improved education. It has also worked with an engineering firm to plan more energy-conservation projects, and funding these projects through Measure A will accomplish still further savings.
No matter how outstanding our schools may be, they cannot maintain their high quality without substantial capital investment: Many of the District's buildings are 40-90 years old, and seriously require renovation or replacement, and the 25 percent increase in the student population since the last bond issue in 1995 requires new facilities.
Measure A will solve those problems without raising tax rates. Vote "Yes!"
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