House budget brings good news for Yakima Valley schools
YAKIMA, Wash- Local school districts like Yakima, Wapato, and East Valley have been waiting to hear if the legislature will fund their school construction projects. Monday they got reason to be cautiously optimistic.
The Washington State House of Representatives released their capitol construction budget Monday. This budget fully funds $390-million in K-12 construction projects. This is good news for schools considering that with the state's 5 billion dollar shortfall, there speculation that matching funds from the state were in jeopardy.
Two years ago Yakima voters passed a school construction bond. Two months ago Wapato and East Valley did the same. All of the bonds assumed that the state would put up matching funds to pay for the project, and today's house budget indicates that may still be a possibility.
At this point nothing is set in stone. The senate still needs to release their budget proposal and the house and senate versions must be reconciled before schools get a better idea of what will happen with their construction funding.