School bond gets bumped: Snoqualmie Valley board reconsiders date, purpose of next measure

No bond, either for a replacement middle school or a high school remodel, will be coming to voters this February.

The board of the Snoqualmie Valley School District agreed on Thursday, Aug. 30, that they didn’t have enough time to properly plan and campaign for a bond in time for the February election.

Board president Dan Popp noted that the board hadn’t discussed the issue for several weeks, and had achieved no resolution on the purpose of the bond at their last work session. Board members had debated both a new middle school—deemed unnecessary by opponents of the freshman-campus concept, and a remodeled high school—deemed impractical, disruptive and expensive by supporters of the campus concept.

Calling it “nearly impossible to achieve, and have that kind of dialog with the community,” board member Scott Hodgins agreed that the board could not pursue a February bond issue. “I want to pass a bond issue, though, for sure,” he added.

A replacement middle school bond was one of Hodgins’ conditions last February to support the decision to proceed with the annexation of Snoqualmie Middle School.

At the Feb. 8 board meeting, Hodgins requested the board table a vote on the annexation until the bond issue was resolved.

“I think we do need another middle school… I don’t want to leave here tonight without that second motion (for the bond),” he said at that meeting.

Although board members unanimously voted in favor of the bond then, the annexation vote was 3 to 2. Hodgins, Dan Popp and Marci Busby voted in favor; Geoff Doy and Carolyn Simpson voted against.

At the August meeting, board members agreed to discuss the possibility of an April bond in their next work session, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 15.


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