Supporters of Tacoma’s upcoming $500 million school bond vote held a campaign kick-off rally Saturday, in anticipation of a Feb. 12 election.
The campaign announced the support of individuals and organizations throughout the Tacoma School District who are backing the proposal.
The list of 20 organizations includes the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective, Pierce County Young Democrats, the Tacoma Education Association, Korean Women’s Association, Safe Streets, the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of Realtors and others.
Co-chairs of the campaign are Dan Barkley, former deputy superintendent for the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), retired News Tribune columnist Kathleen Merryman, and former Tacoma school administrator and school board member Willie Stewart.
There are 14 schools targeted for major capital improvements under the school district plan, as well as smaller upgrades district-wide that would install new fire alarm systems; enhance buildings’ energy efficiency; fix roofs; and improve restrooms, athletic fields, playgrounds and other school district facilities.