10 years ago 1998 This week in history from The Arlington Times archives

n Location, location, location. That seems to be the issue facing Arlington School District voters next Tuesday. Do we keep the high school in town or build a new school out of town? The Arlington School Board believes the best solution is to take the school out of town. the board is asking voters on May 19 to approve a plan to sell $37.9 million in bonds to pay for the construction of a new 1,600-student high school 1.5 miles northeast of town on SR 530. This is the third time in the last two years a similar proposal has been placed on the ballot. It differs from previous proposals because only the high school project is addressed. Two previous bond proposals in February and September of last year ?included a high school out of town as well as remodeling and renovating Presidents Elementary and the current high school site for use as another school facility. Although the high school stands alone this time, the board stresses this proposal is the first step, construction-wise, to solving a population boom at all grade levels. Another bond proposal to pay for remodeling, renovating and/or building new facilities for the lower grade levels is expected in the next year, once board members agree on grade configuration at the other schools.

Before putting the bond proposal on the ballot this time, the board affirmed a decision to keep grades 9-12 at the high school. That decision followed the grade configuration committee recommendation to retain the 9-12 grade high school, consider two middle schools with grades 6-8, change elementary to grades 1-5 and put preschool and kindergarten together in one location. The 9-12 recommendation was the only one easily agreed upon by the board. Seeing the bond proposal for an out-of-town high school put on the ballot for the third time, however, is not sitting well with a group of district voters actively opposing the board's plan. Alternative Bond Citizens, now 25 members strong, organized last year and developed an alternative plan to the one presented by the school board. Among other things, ABC's proposal pushed to change the high school grade configuration to 10-12 and keep the high school in town at the current site.

25 years ago 1983

n For the second time in less than a year, a proposal to sell $6.5 million in bonds to substantially rebuild Cascade Valley Hospital was defeated by the voters in a special election May 17. "What puzzles me," said Hospital Commissioner Esther Wright of Darrington, "is we didn't even validate the election." A total of 1,716 voters turned out, while 1,748 were needed to validate the election. Of those voting, 799 said "yes," while 917 voted "no." Last September in the first attempt to pass the bond issue during the regular primary election, a total of 2,774 people voted with 1,348 "yes," and 1,426 "no." The commissioners and the hospital administrative staff will be meeting this week with their architect and financial advisors to consider alternatives among which could be a combination of general obligation bonds and revenue bonds. Talk of revenue bonding has brought up the possibility of raising rates at the hospital which, currently, are among the lowest in the area. "I'm certainly disappointed," said Wright, "but not overly surprised. And we haven't given up. We will pursue all the alternatives. We have a commitment to keep this hospital open, particularly for the people in Darrington." Her fellow commissioners Bill Roal and Bob Williams would add no more publicly than they, too, were committed to studying alternatives for updating the hospital. "I'm still a believer in the hospital," said Williams, "and that's a sincere belief."

50 years ago 1958

n As the school fiscal year nears an end it became necessary at the board meeting Monday night to make a request for an extension in the school budget in the amount of $10,000 to cover possible emergencies which might arise before the end of the year. This step was made necessary because of the loss of National Forest Funds to the school district due to action of the county board of commissioners who appropriated all of this fund to county roads, this action being taken after school budgets had been adopted, in which these funds were anticipated. It is possible, stated Supt. Terjeson, that this extension may not be necessary, as several cuts have been made in contemplated purchases, and only an unforeseen emergency will make it necessary to draw on the extension.

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