On February 26, the Board of Directors of Republic School District #309 passed Resolution 02-2020-01: Bonds to Construct and Renovate School Facilities at its regular public meeting. It authorized the school to put before the district's voters a $4.5 million dollar bond to build a new school. It was standing room only.
Superintendent Young gave a presentation to the board, community members, and staff regarding the Washington State Legislature's intent to apportion $100,000 dollars now for pre-construction work, and to provide additional funding under the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's (OSPI) Distressed Schools grant and School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP). The total available funding is anticipated to be between $18 - $19.9 million dollars.
This news comes after the school's failed attempt at securing grant funding through the Small Rural District Modernization grant last October, a program of OSPI. It declared the condition of the school beyond its ability to fund repairs.
The Board of Directors tentatively plans to place the opportunity on the April 28th Special Election ballot.
Anticipation mounts as the district waits for final legislative approval, expected in March. The House Committee included the funding in its budget; it is now before the Senate Committee and awaits final approval from the governor.
The cost to taxpayers is estimated at $0.85 cents per $1000 dollars of assessed value for a 20 year term:
- $127.50 per year for an assessed value (AV) of $150,000
- $212.50 per year for an AV of $250,000
- $297.50 per year for an AV of $350,000
This rare opportunity has only been given to one other school district in Washington State history. In 2018, Toledo School District passed its bond with an overwhelming 73% majority approval rating.
If passed, the community will be able to build a new school for $4.5 million dollars.
This offer will only be given to Republic #309 once.
During Wednesday's board meeting, Rochelle Rodak volunteered to spearhead a Republic Bond Committee. If interested in participating, or staying informed, she can be reached at RepublicSchoolBond@gmail.com or by calling 509-207-9192.
Superintendent Young's presentation is available by clicking the link below.
Additional information is located on the school's new mobile app. "Republic #309" or on its website.