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Yakima schools may lose funding for campus upgrades

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YAKIMA, Wash- There may be no new schools for Yakima even though residents have already started paying for them.  The Yakima School District told KNDO they hadn't planned on releasing this information until Friday, but we have some details now.

Almost two years ago Yakima voters passed a $114-million dollar bond that would build a new campus for Eisenhower High School, renovate Davis High School and improve six other campuses.  The state pledged to contribute $104 million.  But those matching funds may now be off the table.  State Senator Curtis King spoke to KNDO Tuesday from Olympia.  He says no one is sure yet how much money will be available but he's brought the issue to the attention of the lawmakers that handle the capital budget.

"…And keep assuring them that we're there, we have the need, we've done the architectural drawings, all the things you need to do to get this school constructed we just need the match from the state", says King.

The Yakima school district along with, parents, students, and teachers fought hard in the spring of 2009 to get the bond passed.  KNDO has an email from Elaine Beraza, superintendent of the Yakima School District urging lawmakers to come through with the funding.  The school district says that Wednesday they will announce a press conference the plan to hold Friday to discuss the issue.

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