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By Madeline Coats
Editor, Mill Creek Beacon 

$470 million capital bond aims to rebuild schools and enhance safety

People will vote at the February election

 

October 4, 2019



The Snohomish School District Board approved a measure asking voters to consider a $470 million capital bond in the Feb. 11 election. 

This funding would rebuild aging elementary schools, enhance safety and security in all K-12 facilities, and reduce the need for portable classrooms.  

The bond will focus on using funds to replace the oldest elementary buildings. Other funds will be used to enhance safety and security for students and staff across the district. 

If approved by voters in February, the tax rate for the $470 million capital bond would be $0.98 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. According to Kultgen, the average assessed home value is $425,000. For a home assessed at $425,000, the cost would be about $415/year, or $35/month.

“We believe that a successful bond must be community driven and district supported,” said  Superintendent Kent Kultgen. 

Snohomish School District is focused on giving students access to an optimal learning environment provided by intentionally designed learning spaces that support educational standards, Kultgen said.

The process to develop this plan was based on the Citizens’ Facility Advisory Committee (CFAC). The group reviewed the physical conditions of the schools, explored demographic and enrollment projections, and prioritized needs. CFAC made a recommendation to the board of directors, outlining a vision for capital improvements.

Visit http://www.sno.wednet.edu/2020bond for more information.

 

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