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Prosser voters will again decide on bond for new high school

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PROSSER, Wash. -- Voters in Prosser are getting another chance to decide on a school bond to build a new high school.

 Tuesday night the school board approved a measure to put a bond on the ballot very similar to the one that failed by a narrow margin in February.

 This latest bond is $38.9 million, slightly less than the last one.

 School district leaders are also hoping for about $23 million in matching funds.

 Superintendent Dr. Ray Tolcacher says with the high school built in 1936, it's time for a new one.  "We're not going to not go ahead because we've got some people who are not supportive of it. We need a high school here. You know, 1936 is a long time ago. There hasn't been a new school build here in years," said Dr. Tolcacher.

One issue added to the mix is a proposed Catholic Charities housing project that could put an added strain on crowded Prosser schools.

 Tolcacher says if that is built and has an impact on Prosser schools, Catholic Charities will be required by law to help out the school district financially.

 School district leaders are hoping the bond will be on the April 26th ballot.