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My two brothers and I were born and raised in San Luis Obispo. Our parents, Tom and Anne, spent their careers at Cal Poly and SLO High, respectively. They devoted their lives to the children, teenagers, adults, and athletes that lived in our community. Both of them taught us that we also have a responsibility to help our community. We have worked hard to honor their legacy.

We all attended and graduated from SLO High and have deep feelings for its continued success as an outstanding institution. We are proud of our school’s successful students and high-caliber education, but we also know how badly SLO High needs a physical upgrade. San Luis Obispo High School was built approximately 80 years ago. It is in alarming condition, although its disrepair might not be apparent to others who aren’t on campus every day.

Most classrooms and labs were designed more than 50 years ago, and no longer represent the best standards for learning environments. Upgrades to our students’ access to current technology and vocational education opportunities are needed. Improving our physical education and athletic facilities is a must. We can’t expect students to succeed and teachers/coaches to excel in a facility that doesn’t measure up. They deserve better. In fact, they deserve our best.

Approximately $120 million of Measure D funds will be allocated equally between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay high schools for renovation. The remaining $57 million will be apportioned to all other schools throughout the district. We, the Lee family, strongly support the San Luis Coastal bond measure to renovate and rebuild our schools. We hope you will join us in voting yes on Measure D.

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