After a year of study, outreach and planning, the Evergreen School Board, has voted to place a bond measure on the February 13, 2018 ballot. The proposed bond would include the replacement of eight aging schools and construction of a new elementary school. It would also add needed capital renewal and expansion for other schools throughout the district.
The district has been working with community stakeholders, parents, staff and students as well as financial experts, and facility and construction professionals, to gain a well-rounded look at the infrastructure needs of the buildings currently housing over 26,000 students. In addition to endorsing replacement of older schools, the district found safety, security, reducing the reliance on portable classrooms and taking advantage of low interest rates along with no local property tax increases, were important to constituents.
“We have not passed a bond measure since 2002, and we need to bring our schools, some of which are nearly 60 years old, up to modern standards. We have virtually paid off all of the previous bonds, so even with this bond, the total local school property taxes in the district will actually decrease over the course of the next several years for property owners,” said School Board President Victoria Bradford.
For questions regarding the bond proposal, email email@example.com or call 360-604-4134.