SUPPORT THIS INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM
The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why the DP Times is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here. Thank you.
STEVE HOPS, San Clemente
One of the most critical measurements of a society is how the community educates its young. Just how important are our local schools? While we do have a world-class team of educators and administrators, many of our facilities are just old.
Recently, I listened to one of our bright, well-spoken high school students describe having to attend class in trailers that had rats, failing ceiling tiles and broken air conditioning issues. When my son played for the high school water polo team, their home pool was shallow in one end, forcing them to avoid putting their feet on the bottom.
The Las Palmas Elementary School was built in 1927, and San Clemente High School is 55 years old. Our schools need our attention now.
This coming March, we will have an opportunity to approve a local bond issue to make our schools much more functional and comfortable. While space does not allow me to list all the improvements at our various facilities, the high school will be outfitted with a new library, cafeteria, kitchen, student services center, performing arts theater and a competitive pool.
I see this as a chance to show our community pride and do the right thing by supporting our students and teachers.