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Citizens for Support of Yelm Schools (CSYS) are a group of concerned voters and parents who see the need to fix our aging schools. Many area schools need repair, attention and currently qualify for state funds. Past attempts to pass school bond initiatives have failed; the last time Yelm voters, along with some of our Pierce county neighbors, passed a school bond was in 2003.

In 2014, Washington voters passed a “smaller class size initiative” known as I-1351. Even before passage, Yelm Community Schools (YCS) began to take note of the exponential growth in student population. CSYS and YCS teamed up to pass a school bond. But it failed because it did not garner the 60 percent supermajority vote needed to pass. In Washington, school bonds must meet that threshold; it is written in the state’s constitution (Article VIII, Section 6). It’s difficult to acquire those numbers.

YCS has done a lot of good work since the last bond failure in 2016. This autumn, area schools will experience a grades reconfiguration to ease the strain. But this solution applies a band-aid to a larger issue. Public perception is another problem as many visitors only see the outside of buildings and believe that “our schools look fine.” But a closer inspection of some school campuses will tell a different story.

CSYS is working in partnership with YCS to “tell the story,” share school data and conduct voter outreach. CSYS is raising funds for a school bond campaign, culminating in a special election being held on February 13, 2018. We will once again ask voters to thoughtfully consider voting “yes” for the proposal. While nothing has been set in stone yet, the final proposal will include a heavy vetting process and conclude with the Yelm School Board’s endorsement.

Finally, the question you might be asking is “why.” Why would CSYS continue to pursue this issue even after several years of failed bond efforts.

I would like to challenge you to think about your educational experience for a moment. Even if you were not a product of public education, chances are that someone gave you the educational tools you needed to succeed in life: whether it was an opportunity, getting mentored by an amazing teacher or learning in a state-of-the-art school building. The fact is that our children could become your next family doctor, a Fortune 500 CEO, a police officer, a public servant or an auto mechanic.

I believe the better question to ask is: what do you want our future society to look like? As we demand more from our students by asking them to engage and “think globally,” our community should invest in these efforts also. Everyone benefits when children do not remain idle.

Please join CSYS in this effort. 

Citizens for Support of Yelm Schools is registered as a non-profit organization with the State of Washington (UBI # 601 839 698)

Citizens for Support of Yelm Schools (CSYS) are a group of concerned voters and parents who see the need to fix our aging schools. Many area schools need repair, attention and currently qualify for state funds. Past attempts to pass school bond initiatives have failed; the last time Yelm voters, along with some of our Pierce county neighbors, passed a school bond was in 2003.

In 2014, Washington voters passed a “smaller class size initiative” known as I-1351. Even before passage, Yelm Community Schools (YCS) began to take note of the exponential growth in student population. CSYS and YCS teamed up to pass a school bond. But it failed because it did not garner the 60 percent supermajority vote needed to pass. In Washington, school bonds must meet that threshold; it is written in the state’s constitution (Article VIII, Section 6). It’s difficult to acquire those numbers.

YCS has done a lot of good work since the last bond failure in 2016. This autumn, area schools will experience a grades reconfiguration to ease the strain. But this solution applies a band-aid to a larger issue. Public perception is another problem as many visitors only see the outside of buildings and believe that “our schools look fine.” But a closer inspection of some school campuses will tell a different story.

CSYS is working in partnership with YCS to “tell the story,” share school data and conduct voter outreach. CSYS is raising funds for a school bond campaign, culminating in a special election being held on February 13, 2018. We will once again ask voters to thoughtfully consider voting “yes” for the proposal. While nothing has been set in stone yet, the final proposal will include a heavy vetting process and conclude with the Yelm School Board’s endorsement.

Finally, the question you might be asking is “why.” Why would CSYS continue to pursue this issue even after several years of failed bond efforts.

I would like to challenge you to think about your educational experience for a moment. Even if you were not a product of public education, chances are that someone gave you the educational tools you needed to succeed in life: whether it was an opportunity, getting mentored by an amazing teacher or learning in a state-of-the-art school building. The fact is that our children could become your next family doctor, a Fortune 500 CEO, a police officer, a public servant or an auto mechanic.

I believe the better question to ask is: what do you want our future society to look like? As we demand more from our students by asking them to engage and “think globally,” our community should invest in these efforts also. Everyone benefits when children do not remain idle.

Please join CSYS in this effort. 

Citizens for Support of Yelm Schools is registered as a non-profit organization with the State of Washington (UBI # 601 839 698)