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This week in history - from The Arlington Times archives
10 years ago 1996
In a landmark decision, the Arlington School Board decided Monday to authorize Superintendent Linda Byrnes to pursue negotiations to purchase land for a new school site. The board agreed that the Boettcher farm, located east of Arlington on SR 530, offered the best location for any future expansion of the school district. The Boettcher farm was selected over two other sites because a of location and number of acres and the board directed Byrnes to negotiate for as many as possible.
This decision was arrived at after Byrnes reviewed all of the possible options presented. School board member Jerry Gamble started the ball rolling when he moved to recommend the Boettcher property. Steve Peterson commented that even though he had thought upgrading the present site was the way to go, he now realized that would just be spending money to fix a problem that we would just have to throw more money at later. He then seconded Gambles original motion. The vote was unanimous. They also decided to set a bond amount by Dec. 9 for a bond election to be held Feb. 4, 1997. Bob Campbell, administrator of Cascade Valley Hospital, immediately addressed the board and the members of the public who were present to say that he was forming a committee of citizens to support a high school and land acquisition bond. He asked for all citizens who are interested in supporting the bond drive to meet tomorrow at the hospitals conference room. A question was asked about other land that the district owns which the superintendent answered. She said she had been on a tour of the different parcels of land and none of them were big enough to support an elementary school much less a high school. She said that a decision would be needed in the near future as to what to do with all of the assorted land the district now owns. Warren Hopkins, Arlington High School principal, rose to answer the subject of the current overcrowding problem at the high school. The state says the current high school site is rated to hold 1,130 students. Enrollment is now more than 1,200 and is estimated to rise to more than 1,400 next year. The high school now has 15 portables on the property.