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Port Angeles School District to move forward with bond for new high school

December 16th, 2013 - 5:34am

(Port Angeles) Ė The Port Angeles School board will move ahead with asking voters to pass a bond to build a new high school.

The district will also take more time to evaluate possible changes to the K-8 structure.

The school board unanimously accepted the two recommendations from the districtís long-range facilities task force last week.

The district is dealing with a number of buildings still in use that are more than 50 years old. The high school was deemed needing replacement the soonest.

Superintendent Dr. Jane Pryne says one of the district's move would involved passing a bond up to the districtís bonding capacity to build a new high school.

Pryne says the second measure resulted in a request for more time to figure out what to do with facilities for grades K-8. Pryne explains the reason for the additional time request.

The 60-member Long-Range Facilities Task Force was charged with long-range planning for the School Districtís facilities, technology services, and educational support functions. Task Force members evaluated economic and demographic projections representing anticipated enrollment capacity needed over the next five, ten and twenty years to properly serve the school community.

The Task Force also evaluated the current physical condition and technological value of all school district properties.

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