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Pasco School District addresses growth and overcrowding

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PASCO, Wash. -- Franklin County is one of the fastest growing places in the country, and the impact can be seen in Pasco Schools, where classes are crowded and every campus includes portable buildings.

The Assistant Superintendent, John Morgan says  the school district grows by the size of an elementary school each year.  It's about 600 new kids that have to fit in their classrooms every year.

Morgan says only one of their elementary schools doesn't use portable classrooms.  It's a problem that's gotten worse because the district's bond measure failed last year.

Morgan says the negative feedback they've received about the multi-track year-round schedule hasn't helped either, and they're hoping to propose a much cheaper bond for 2013.

"From 95 cents per assessed value, what the old bond would have done to produce a middles school, which is very expensive down to elementary schools to about 34 cents possibly. So that's significant, and that's due to the fact that interest rates are very attractive now for bonds," says Morgan.

Pasco School District will host three Growth and Facilities Update sessions for all interested members of the Pasco community.

Each session will provide updated information on the District's efforts to address growth and overcrowding in Pasco schools, including information regarding a possible bond election and an update on the preparations toward Multi Track Year Round School, if deemed necessary.

The sessions will be:

· June 6 at Ochoa Middle School
· June 13 at Stevens Middle School
· June 21 at McLoughlin Middle School

All three sessions will be held in gymnasium of the school and all three sessions begin at 6:30 p.m.

"We want the community to know all of the facts as we consider another bond or the move to Multi Track Year Round School," says Assistant Superintendent John Morgan.

Morgan says they hope to pass a bond which would let them build two new elementary  schools and a building for kindergarten classes.
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