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PA school board to decide bond for new high school

January 23rd, 2014 - 6:00am

(Port Angeles) The Port Angeles School board could decide tonight to ask voters for bond approval to build a new high school.

The board late last year accepted a recommendation from it Long Term Facilities Advisory Committee that said the high school should be the first of the district's aging buildings to be replaced.

Superintendent Dr. Jane Pryne says staff is recommending the board put a bond issue before voters in February of 2015.

There's no decision yet on how much the bond issue would be if it goes before voters. But Pryne says the board will ask for proposals from companies wanting to design the new high school which would be located on the current high school campus site.

Pryne says bonds to pay for Dry Creek and Jefferson elementary schools are due to come off in the next year. The district has a bonding capacity of 142 million dollars, but it's unclear whether or not the district would seek that much if voters are asked to approve a bond in 2015.

The district formed the facilities committee about a year ago to come up with strategies for the district to deal with its buildings. Most of the buildings are 50 years old and are becoming difficult to maintain. The committee will be coming with another recommendation this spring on possible reconfiguration of the district's kindergarten through 8th grade facilities.

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