Letter from Tom Peachey
I write to support, in the strongest terms, the passage of the Northern Wasco County School
District School Bond. I am proud to note that I have spent the last 40 years in this community. I
am honored to have had my two sons attend and graduate from The Dalles schools. It is unlikely
that any of my family will ever attend school in The Dalles. Why would I then support this
This Bond Measure is about far more than supporting our children. It is about the future of our
community. A vote in favor of this Bond Measure shows a belief that The Dalles is prepared to
face and support a vibrant community that attracts the Gorge's finest. A vote against this Bond
Measure is a vote for our distant past.
The Dalles School administration merits your support as it is becoming a model to the State for
its attendance and graduation rates. The new schools will provide much needed security. This
requirement is too often demonstrated by national school tragedies. New schools will result in a
far more efficient utilization of the District's financial resources. The current plan under this
measure for four new schools over 20 years is by far the most responsible fiscal approach. Under
this proposal citizen involvement is assured and welcomed. You will be able to continue to have
input to direct the development of these schools.
Never in my tenure in The Dalles has there been an opportunity to support and enrich our entire
community as we do now. Don't let this opportunity pass us by. Vote yes on the School Bond.