Hays is a beautiful, thriving community, and a wonderful place to raise a family; however, our schools are not physically keeping up with our growth. With the upcoming vote for the school bond issue, I’d like to take a moment to share my heart, as a mom of two Wilson Warriors. These children are our future.

Wilson Elementary School was built in 1959. At that time, the population of Hays was just over 11,000. I’m sure it was a suitable school when it was initially built, but every building has a life span, and Hays now has a population of over 25,000.

Wilson has its original HVAC system, which controls indoor air quality and environmental comfort. The broiler for the heating system is located in the second/third grade hallway; once it is on, it cannot be turned off. Classrooms in this hallway reach temperatures of 85 to 90 degrees, making it nearly impossible to focus.

There is not an appropriate storm shelter, and our front doors are completely insecure. In light of numerous school shootings and natural disasters, security should be our No. 1 priority.

Wilson’s classrooms are among the smallest in the district, averaging 650 square feet; recommended classroom size is approximately 950 square feet to accomplish instructional objectives. Currently, the lunchroom is multi-purposed for lunch, P.E. and assembly, creating scheduling conflicts.

These are among a few of the problems our children face at Wilson Elementary. While many of you reading this might not have children and think “it doesn’t matter to me,” I would implore you to think beyond yourselves. These children are our future; if we don’t invest in them, they will grow up and leave our community. If you wish for Hays to continue to thrive, please vote “yes” on Nov. 7.

Andrea Dinkel,

Hays