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Puyallup School District to seek bond

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on Aug. 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm with 3 Comments »
August 28, 2012 9:27 am

Pierce County’s second-largest school district will ask voters next February for $279.6 million to help fund a slate of capital projects, including building a new elementary school and adding space at the district’s three traditional high schools.

The Puyallup School Board Monday night unanimously approved a resolution sending the proposal to voters.

Board President Greg Heath said he and his colleagues carefully considered the projects included in the bond package. There’s a need for more high school and elementary school space in the district, and “we’re ready to do the right thing by students” in going after the bond, he said after the meeting.

If approved, the bond would cost the owner of a $200,000 home an estimated $14.42 a month or $173.02 a year.

The proposed projects include:

  • Adding onto Puyallup’s traditional high schools, which are at or near capacity. The Puyallup High School work would include adding two floors to the vocational building and developing more parking. The Rogers High work would involve adding classroom space, an auxiliary gym and a small addition to the performing arts center. The Emerald Ridge work would include constructing a two-story addition to the school, relocating the library, expanding the commons and making traffic improvements.
  • Building a new elementary school for 750 students in the growing South Hill area, on district land at 144th Street East near 80th Avenue East.
  • Replacing Firgrove and Sunrise elementary schools.
  • Remodeling and expanding Pope Elementary School.
  • Making facility improvements at Northwood, Waller Road and Spinning elementary schools.
  • Relocating the Ballou and Edgemont junior high tracks.
  • Making district-wide technology improvements and special education renovations.

The district’s last successful bond package was in 2004, when district voters approved $198.5 million for projects including replacing Aylen and Kalles junior highs and building the new Glacier View Junior High and Carson and Edgerton elementary schools. The district went to voters in 2007 and 2009 for more capital improvements, but those proposals failed.

The Puyallup district has about 21,300 students. It’s the second-largest district in the county behind Tacoma Public Schools and the ninth largest district in the state.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. The school district should try a new radical plan, tightening its fiscal belt in these economic times.

    A new track for a junior high ? Give me a break !

  2. NJP31679 says:

    @IQ: So you’re going to vote against a bond measure because you don’t like 1 percent of what the total cost will be? Give me a break!

    Have you been inside ANY of the Puyallup district schools? I certainly wouldn’t call many of them dilapidated but they are clearly running out of room. Basic math – the more a city/county population grows, the more the schools grow.

    Support your schools and your students, please.

  3. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Higher taxes for everyone! Yea!

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