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ASD invites public input on proposed $50 million bond

ARLINGTON After the narrowly failed library bond last fall and the announcement of an upcoming hospital bond this spring, the Arlington School District is seeking input from the citys residents to comment upon its proposal for a $50 million bond of its own, which could come as early as next year.
ASD Facilities Advisory Committee Chair Mixie Deeter encouraged parents and other community members to attend the two public input meetings in the commons of Post Middle School, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m., to ask questions and share their opinions about the proposed bond measure.
Deeter explained that the bond would fund the addition of classrooms at Arlington High School and Haller Middle School, the replacement of classrooms and addition of a multipurpose room at Trafton Elementary School, and the remodeling of Post Middle School, Eagle Creek Elementary School and Stillaguamish Valley School.
The bond will also fund the upgrade of food service storage at Presidents Elementary School, the improvement of playing fields at Haller, Post, Kent Prairie and Pioneer Elementary School, and facilities preservations for Haller, Kent Prairie Elementary, the transportation department and the former high school, said Deeter.
Continued enrollment growth in the school district is the motivating factor for the bond, she added, since AHS was built to accommodate 1,600 students, but its student body has expanded from 1,450 to more than 1,700 since it opened in 2003. Haller was built to accommodate 650 students and opened last September with a student body of 620. The bond would expand the capacity of AHS to 2,000 students and Haller to 800.
Deeter said that the ASD Facilities Advisory Committee and the Arlington Public Schools Boundary Review Committee have been communicating with one another, regarding their respective plans and proposals.
Both committees are attempting to avoid student overcrowding at any one school, she said.
Deeter emphasized that the proposed bond measure could change as a result of public input.
Community members comments will be taken into account by the ASD Facilities Recommendation Committee, before it makes its recommendation to the ASD Board of Directors, said Deeter.
The board could then place such a bond measure on the ballot as soon as February of 2008, and state law would allow them to do so again later that year, if the bond failed to receive the 60 percent supermajority it requires to be passed.

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