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The Corvallis School Board puts children at the center of every decision, and the board’s unanimous vote to endorse Measure 2-121 for establishment of an urban renewal district is no exception. Urban renewal in South Corvallis is right for kids.

The board knows that families struggle to find housing in Corvallis and that it has a direct impact on the ability of children to learn. Urban renewal in South Corvallis will pave the way for not just more affordable family housing, but also homes for teachers and other professionals so they can live in the community they serve.

The school district will soon begin construction on a new Lincoln Elementary School in South Corvallis to teach Corvallis children through the 21st century. Every day, children cross Highway 99, a dangerous barrier busy with trucks and commuters, to get to and from school; urban renewal will raise funds for traffic calming and roadside enhancements to create a safer and more pleasant environment for them.

Ultimately, the well-being of a child isn’t just about their home or how they get to school, but also the vitality of their neighborhood and community. Urban renewal in South Corvallis will foster commercial development that will spur entrepreneurship and job creation, thereby giving students an opportunity for greater access to food, healthcare, and other essential services. Join the school board in supporting Measure 2-121.

Vincent Adams

Corvallis (March 5)

The writer is chair of the Corvallis School District Board.

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