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School Bonds Would Improve High Schools and Possibly Even More

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Old facilities, 100 degree classrooms, and even asbestos; these are just a few reasons why some people in Yakima want the School Bond to pass.

Eisenhower's current enrollment is about 800 over capacity. Students and faculty are being forced to use temporary classrooms.

On top of overcrowding, air conditioning and heating is another problem. The system is so old that heat and air turn on and off, keeping rooms anywhere from 40 to 110 degrees.

"In 30 minutes the beads of sweat just roll off me its just a room that's not conducive to learning and teaching," said Stacy Locke, Ike's Principal.

The bond would save tax-payers money; it cost 7 cents less than the 2004 bond.

Schools would get an additional $104 million from state funds. This money would bring new facilities to Eisenhower and would modernize Davis' campus.

Upgrades at Davis High include improving the heating and cooling system as well as adding new buildings for students.

Both schools would get more technology and improve security on campus.

"Its just met its day, our kids, our community they deserve it," said Locke.

Some say the bond will do more than fix the schools, it could change the city's image.

"One of the biggest problems hospitals have recruiting physicians is that our schools are in such poor shape compared to other communities," said Paul Larson, a member on the School Bond Committee.

In order to pass, the bond has to at least get a 60 percent approval. All ballots are due by Tuesday may 19th.