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Pasco school board considers bond for February

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PASCO, Wash. -- The Pasco School Board has some big decisions to make regarding the huge growth Pasco is experiencing. Wednesday's attendance numbers showed more than 14,600 students enrolled at Pasco schools, up by 313 students from last year, and a 2.2% growth.

Tuesday, the board met and heard about what they can do to accommodate it. They are considering putting a $46.7 million dollar bond on the ballot for February. The bond would build two new elementary schools, a kindergarten center, along with other expansion projects.

"We grow about an elementary school every year and I just noticed the figures that came in today. We are up in every area once again. I just saw that there's 26 new houses going up in West Pasco along with two large apartment complexes. So we know that the kids are coming," says Assistant Superintendent John Morgan.

If passed, the bond would cost residents $34 for every $100,000 assessed value of their home each year. Approval of the bond also would provide more than $38 million in state matching dollars. The board will make a decision by the end of the month.