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Highland School District Looks For Support From Community For New Bond

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 TIETON, WA.- Members of the Tieton community and Highland School District gathered Sunday afternoon to host an informational rally to inform voters about a bond to help improve their schools.  

The Highland School District has been working to secure a bond for improvements at their schools, but they've fallen short on votes several times.

They've proposed a new bond, cutting the bond amount from 8.5 million to 6 million dollars; they're hoping the informational rally will bring more awareness to the community.  

“It's really important that we keep our buildings up to date to provide quality education for our students. Times are changing, the way we teach is changing, and the jobs we are getting them ready for are changing, so we need to modernize with those times so it's important for our community and our kids,” bond chair, Cindy Reed said.

The bond would be used to upgrade the schools standardized testing system, build a new roof for the Highland High School and improve the electrical system at the Marcus Whitney Elementary.  

The bond would be paid off over an 8-year period. The tax rate impact would add about 5 dollars more per household a month compared to 2014 tax rates. Voting for the proposed bond will take place on April 28th.