Thoughts From Around Our Community

"Ridgefield School District is seeing unprecedented growth with many families moving into what is now the fastest growing city population in Washington State. In 2012 (after many years of Bond Measure success famine) one was passed that provided for much needed enhancements to existing schools but (as good as it was) they are now not enough to sustain the needs of the School District going forward. RSD now has to expand to keep pace with this new growth and has a new Bond Measure up for a vote in February 2017 to address these needs. This Bond Measure will provide for a new 5/6 & 7/8 grade school, new classrooms at the High School and security enhancements at the two Elementary Schools. The new school will take pressure off the Elementary Schools (allowing for future student growth) and remove large volumes of traffic from what is now a very congested downtown area at school start/finish times. I have three children currently enrolled (and one who graduated two years ago) all of whom benefit from first rate and dedicated teachers. Please join me in voting YES for the benefit of ALL students." - Beatson

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"We moved to Ridgefield three years ago. I was excited for my son because he would be attending a school district that is very successful. As any mom, I was also concerned about the transition to a new school. His teacher washed my worries away from the very first moment of his first day. She took his hand and assured him that everything was going to be alright. And it has been. In fact, it has been fantastic. Ridgefield is a district where teachers take the extra time to get to know every student, learn what makes each child unique, and then challenge each child to achieve his or her full potential. With such a tremendous school district, it is not surprising that our community is rapidly growing. That growth has caused every one of our schools to well exceed current capacity. The 2017 bond addresses this need, providing space for 1300 new students in modern schools, improving safety and security at every school, and doing so while maintaining fiscal accountability to all of us as taxpayers. I am proud to call Ridgefield home and proud to support the bond. I encourage you to do the same and vote yes!" - Amanda McCann

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"Ridgefield School District needs the February 14, 2017 bond to pass. The students and children of our district deserve this. These children are our future and they need to have the best opportunities to learn and thrive in their educations. Currently, every school in the district is overcrowded and they are projected to continue to grow. With all the new construction in the area the population of our district is increasing. Meeting the needs of the existing and growing population is key to the district’s ability to thrive. Through the bond class sizes will be reduced for students and teachers. With smaller class sizes students will be able to get more individualized attention. This will change class sizes from their current overcrowded state. There will be more space available for special programs such as special education and electives. The bond will address several other needs as well. For example, it will improve safety systems to ensure students are safe at school. It will provide modern technology to empower students to be more competitive when entering college or the workforce. Lastly it will take advantage of state and city funding so the burden of the cost does not only fall on taxpayers. Ridgefield is striving to become a premier district in Washington State. By providing our support for the district and our schools, we can each do our part to allow students to succeed." - Gullickson

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"I moved to Ridgefield in 1984 because the schools were at the top of the academic testing list. My wife was pregnant with our first child, and we wanted the best education Clark County could offer. All three boys graduated from the Ridgefield school system. We were not disappointed. The schools have stayed at the top of our county's education system, the teachers here are excellent, staff supportive and leadership is and has been forward thinking to keep our schools fresh and current. It has been 8 years since my youngest child graduated from RHS, yet I continue to support the schools by helping out on levy and bond committees. Please join me in voting YES on expanding our schools to meet the influx of kids attending our schools." - Tevis Laspa

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"The Ridgefield School District does a great job delivering high quality education with limited funding. Student test scores are among the best in Clark County while our school property taxes are among the lowest. Maintaining strong student performance can be a challenge as more families move to the greater Ridgefield community and more students enroll in Ridgefield schools. Despite recent facility improvements (completed on time and on budget) classrooms are full, portable classrooms have returned and lunch rooms and gyms are over scheduled. The District's capital facilities plan, developed by community stakeholders, presents a cost-effective approach to providing facilities to support quality education. Projects funded by the proposed bond include measures that will save costs including an expanded middle school that will automatically create capacity at the two elementary schools and a partnership with the City of Ridgefield that will save both organizations millions of dollars on site improvements. Even with the added cost of the proposed bond the District's property taxes will be among the lowest in Clark County. Please join me in voting "yes" on the Ridgefield school bond on February 14th and support quality education, a community based facility plan and cost-effective projects." - Paul Lewis

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"Great schools and great communities - you can’t have one without the other. Ridgefield is growing rapidly. One of the reasons that Ridgefield is attractive to new residents is the quality of its schools. I believe that great schools and communities are essential if we want our children to grow up and become great citizens. The Citizens for Ridgefield Schools (C4RS) is a group of citizens, dedicated to helping Ridgefield continue to provide the district’s children with a premier education. I am fortunate to be part of C4RS. C4RS paid for a poll earlier this year to help us identify our strategy to pass a school bond in February of 2017. What we learned is that Ridgefield voters care about their schools. They want to keep classrooms small, they want to have the best in modern education practices, and they want to have safe and secure facilities and campuses. The bond proposal put forth by the Ridgefield School District will reduce crowding, provide modern classrooms, and increase safety at all schools in the district. It also leverages nearly $30 million in state and local investments. It is a smart investment for taxpayers that want to see every dollar put to work educating our students. Please join me in voting yes for Ridgefield schools in February." - Jim Maul

"Strong public schools are one of the foundational pillars in a successful community. Our Ridgefield community is growing rapidly. In response, the Ridgefield School District has gone thru an extensive community led process to develop a plan for this growth. The next School Bond phase of this plan comes to the voters in the coming February 2017 election. This school bond is very well constructed – it expands much needed capacity, improves security and safety, creates flexibility for future configurations, and maximizes state match funding & City partnerships. If you have questions on this bond or school funding in general, the Citizens for Ridgefield Schools team is a great resource (http://citizensforridgefieldschools.com). For all that live in Ridgefield, you benefit from ensuring the school district is the best it can be. We urge you to vote YES in the February school bond election." - Steve and Teresa Radosevich

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"Ridgefield is a unique small town with a strong, involved community and excellent schools. As wonderful as the town is, I moved here for the excellent schools in 2004. 12 years later, I am both a teacher and a parent at Ridgefield School District. I strongly support the school bond and see it as a critical step in maintaining excellence in Ridgefield schools. Ridgefield has seen incredible growth and is identified as “the fastest growing city in Washington”. This growth has affected every student in the district with overcrowded classrooms that limit student opportunities. Adjustments have been made to accommodate current enrollment but we are running out of options. Passing the bond will increase classroom space, improve technology and increase safety. Every student will benefit. Please join me in voting “yes” for the school bond.For more information visit http://citizensforridgefieldschools.com/." - Morning Stalcup

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Fact: Ridgefield is one of the fastest growing cities in Washington State. Fact: The Ridgefield School District is the fastest growing in Clark County. Fact: The Ridgefield School District is currently over capacity by 130 students per school. Fact: Portable classrooms are a short term solution and a bad investment. Fact: A bond to build permanent capacity will be on the Feb. 14, 2017 ballot. Fact: This bond was developed by the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee. Fact: CFAC was made up of community members and district personnel. Fact: CFAC spent several months soliciting input from many stakeholder groups. Fact: CFAC was thoughtful, focused and intentional in creating this plan. Fact: This bond is necessary to continue quality instruction for all Ridgefield students. Fact: To pass, this bond must get 60% of the voters to vote “yes.” Fact: I am voting “yes” and encouraging you to do the same. - Jeff Vigue

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"Ridgefield is one of Washington State’s fasting growing cities over the last five years. Nowhere is that more evident than in our overcrowded schools. The school district has taken a fiscally responsible approach to this problem, beginning with a 2012 bond that funded new buildings at both elementary schools and much needed improvements to all schools during a difficult economic recession. That project came in under budget and maintained the district’s tax rate as the lowest in Clark County. The next step is the $78 Million bond that is on the February ballot, which will leverage an additional $15.5 Million in state funding and $5 Million from the City of Ridgefield, to construct two distinct schools on a single 5th – 8th grade campus, add additional classrooms at the high school, and provide additional security upgrades at both elementary schools. This approach will greatly increase capacity at grades 5-12 and provide future flexibility for adjustments to changing grade populations, while keeping the tax rate as the second lowest of all Clark County school districts. Ridgefield School District continues to be an excellent steward of taxpayers’ investment, providing a premier education to our children at the lowest cost. Please join me in voting, “Yes” for Ridgefield Schools." - Greg Price

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"OK. I admit it. I am a newbie to Ridgefield. I moved here 5 years ago when I retired from my job in the Seattle area. It seems that since I moved, many others moved here with me. It is no surprise to anyone that Ridgefield is growing. There are several reasons for the immigration: a great place to retire, proximity to metropolitan areas, employment, and good schools. I came to Ridgefield because of the natural beauty and small town atmosphere. I am retired and have no children in the schools, so I cannot benefit directly by having my children go to a premier school district. However, I know that providing for good schools means providing for a good community. It means that community values future productive citizens. I know that Ridgefield is the place that has these values. We can show it by voting yes for the Ridgefield School Bond. Say YES on February 14." -Barbara Wright

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