PASCO, Wash. - The Pasco School District approved a $46.8 million bond proposal Tuesday night. It will go before voters in February.
After the District's last bond measure was defeated the School Board pared it down, shaving over $10 million off the proposal. The current $46.8 million bond includes building two new elementary schools and an early learning center.
The Pasco School District estimates they average nearly 600 new students each school year. The new facilities are meant to house that growing population. One way that will happen is sixth graders will no longer be going to middle school.
"By returning our sixth graders at the elementary level, when we build the three elementary schools, it will allow us to take one third of our population from each middle school and they will be in the elementary schools, as it is in many school districts around the state," said Assistant Superintendent of Operations John Morgan.
The bond would also pay for improvements at Stevens Middle School and Pasco High School, among other projects.
It will cost taxpayers about $34 a year if they live in a $100,000 home.
The state will match about $38 million if it passes.
Friday, May 24 2013 9:32 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:32:22 GMT
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