If JBLM Doesn’t Lose 11,000 Positions, Then Support YCS Expansion

Posted 1/30/15

Editor,

I just voted no on the School Bond and I’ll share why. Last Wednesday, I attended the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Army listening session at Clover Park Technical College to express and hear …

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If JBLM Doesn’t Lose 11,000 Positions, Then Support YCS Expansion

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Editor,

I just voted no on the School Bond and I’ll share why. Last Wednesday, I attended the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Army listening session at Clover Park Technical College to express and hear concerns on the potential loss of up to 11,000 servicemembers and civilian workers at JBLM starting as early as 2015.

It was great to see and hear Yelm Mayor Ron Harding express the concerns of the city of Yelm, and hear him share that about 1,000 Yelm residents are themselves active-duty members of JBLM.

If each of those service members has an average of two children attending Yelm Community Schools (YCS) then you’re looking at a possible loss of 2,000 students in the next year or so. So which is it? Is YCS going to grow by leaps and bounds, or are we facing half-filled schools in the near future? I would have preferred that YCS had waited until late summer to hear how JBLM will fare. Or were decisions made without ever asking about the potential JBLM cuts known to anyone who read a newspaper over the last six months?



The potential cuts were known that long ago. YCS should have waited for the whole story before proposing this bond. My wife and I have always supported YCS and its needs for modernization and expansion. However, this time I’m waiting for the JBLM facts to show itself before committing to paying for something that might not be needed at the level of cost as presently presented by YCS leadership. Once it’s made clear JBLM won’t suffer catastrophic losses (including my own job at JBLM), I’ll be back supporting our schools’ needs.

Cruz Arroyo

Yelm

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