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West Valley School District Seeks Bond To Remodel Elementary Schools

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WEST VALLEY, Wash-- Ballots are now in the mail for the most recent West Valley school bond. The new West Valley high school is being funded by a bond passed several years ago, the project is under budget and they were even able to add a couple extra classrooms.

Now, West Valley School District is hoping to fund some remodeling of the district's elementary schools.

Currently, there are six elementary schools in West Valley, according to the district they're packed to capacity. The special bond would rebuild two aging elementary schools and help remodel others.  

"It's always hard to pass a bond whether it's a good economy or the economy we're in now so we're realistic that it'll be a challenge," said Tom Fleming, assistant superintendent, West Valley School District.

Signs about the bond are posted all over the city. For parents like Chris Brown you can't put a price on good education.

"It's just a great value, 22 cents per thousand on your house. It's about 50 bucks a year for the average property owner," said Brown, chairman, West Valley Citizens for Better Schools.

Another problem with the aging schools is the open concept architecture. It creates security issues.

"The classrooms all empty out into the courtyard and we like them to open into hallways," said Fleming.

Supporters of the bond point to the success of the new West Valley High School project, which took several years to pass. The elementary schools would also receive federal matching money if voters say yes to the bond.  

"We want to be fiscally responsible too," said Brown.

Fleming said if the bond doesn't pass they will have to add portables to accommodate the growing West Valley population.

If the bond does pass students will be moved to the old West Valley High School, that way no construction is taking place while students are in the buildings.

The bond requires a 60 percent super majority approval to pass. For more information about the levy go to the District's web site: www.wvsd208.org or call the information line 509-972-6003.