Dear NTPS Staff and Families,
As February 11 and the Special Election approaches, I just wanted to take a little time out to thank everyone who has helped raise awareness in our community about our growing facility needs, including improvements in safety and technology.
While parents and community members consistently rank school safety as one of our district’s strengths, we know in the wake of national tragedies like Sandy Hook we can always do more. That’s why the upcoming Proposition 1 includes funding for all our neighborhood schools, for important safety features such as panic alarms, automatic door locks and secure entries, as well as upgrades to fire and earthquake safety systems.
We do not want to turn our schools into prisons, but we know from a county-wide Safety Summit we hosted for other schools districts and law enforcement officials last year, that we can do more to keep our buildings secure learning environments. We value our 3 school resource officers that we continue to fund with the help of City of Lacey. This partnership is one that builds not only safe schools, but positive relationships.
We join with Tumwater and Olympia in working together to put safety at the top of our priorities this February and the future. If you have not already voted, I encourage you to do so by February 11.
To learn more about the bond including school modernizations, the new 6-8 middle school and technology infrastructure upgrades, visit our comprehensive Facts and Information website at www.nthurston.k12.wa.us/bond.