I am writing to encourage voter approval for the capital school levy for the Ocean Beach School District.

The district has school counselors and resource officers, and curriculum to help instill a more caring and compassionate ethos, but it lacks several key infrastructures needed for safety. Fundamental to school safety is having an ability to restrict an unauthorized intruder. This requires single-point restricted access, high-tech security cameras, and alarms on all doors. This levy will provide funds to retrofit every school with these essential safety features. Other changes will also be made to assure our schools meet new safety standards.

The levy will also help the district make the infrastructure changes needed to make Ocean Park a 3-5 grade feeder school and Ilwaco an 8-12 school. Without these improvements, the serious overcrowding problems at the Hilltop middle school could not be solved.

KIM PATTEN

Peninsula

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