Eye of the Editors: Measure WV
December 6, 2016
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The residents in the Walnut Valley Unified School District voted to pass Measure WV, the $152 million general bond, to upgrade 15 schools throughout WVUSD, including Diamond Bar High School, in November.
Among the projects planned for the money include turning the 500 building into a Science Technology Facility, building a new Library Media Center and renovating the band facilities. The editors of The Bull’s Eye, expecting that there will be a few million dollars left over for miscellaneous spending, would like to offer a few proposals on behalf of the students at DBHS. Restrooms:
With the exception of the ones in the Math building, the restrooms across campus are in desperate need of renovation. With one of the hand dryers being out of order since last year, the quality and hygiene levels of the restrooms are low.
Many students do not even use the restrooms during school hours due to their poor conditions. Better maintenance and an overall upgrade of these essential facilities (already on the district’s planned repairs) must be implemented, especially with $152 million at hand.
Expanding parking lot:
Any student or faculty member who has ever left school at 3 p.m. or anytime for that matter, would have experienced seeing cars clogging up both lanes in and out, students scattered everywhere, and an overall cramped mess.
There are also problems regarding the safety of students as they walk in front of cars without much caution. An expanded and better organized parking lot would increase safety and decrease the stress level of parents, staff and students as they leave DBHS at the end of the school day.
The future of energy in this country and around the world is solar, that offers huge money-saving and environmental benefits. As DBHS becomes more technologically advanced, adding solar panels in classrooms and parking lots would also save about $2.7 million each year, according to SEIA.org.
In addition to its economic benefits, using solar energy conserves natural resources and significantly reduces emissions of pollutants that threaten human health and the environment. Solar panels in the parking lot and on the roof of every classroom would overall increase the quality of the school and environment.
Though California does not get much rain, whenever it does, students quickly scatter in an unorganized manner, taking over building hallways and crowding teachers’ classrooms to stay dry.
A cafeteria would be put to good use not only when it rains, but also when temperatures crawl up to three digits, which is not that rare during the school year. Both teachers and students will have better environments to stay cool in the summer and dry in the winter. The building would also serve as another spot for club meetings and other school activities.