Task force lays out bond options

The Snoqualmie Valley School District's Facilities Task Force gave interested community members some ideas of what a 2008 school construction bond would look like during public meetings last week.

On Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 27 and 29, the task force held meetings meant to share possible bond scenarios with residents, dividing citizens into small groups for break-out sessions to share concerns.

The idea was to stimulate discussion and give some options of what the final recommendation to the Snoqualmie Valley School District Board of Directors might look like, task force member Geoff Doy said. Variations in the offered scenarios included how large the Valley's second high school should be, whether it would have a stadium, how much to spend for portables and land purchase, as well as the possibility of breaking one big bond in two.

As presented, possibilities included building a 1,000-student high school and 600-student elementary school, which, along with costs for land purchase, portables, renovations, repairs and transportation, would run about $172 million. A follow-up bond in 2014 would add a 500-student second phase to the new high school and build a fourth middle school for $125 million.

A second scenario would instead build a 1,200 student high school for $189 million, with the follow-up bond in 2014 including a 300-student second phase, for just under $100 million.

A final scenario would build a full 1,500-student second high school and sixth elementary school, along with land purchases and portables, for $203 million. A secondary proposition included $10 million to renovate the existing high school, as well as $1 million in transportation funding, for a $12.4 million total.

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