Public hearing Feb. 24 on Tonasket School Bond

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board will hold a public hearing to receive community input regarding the school bond on Monday, Feb. 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the district board room.

The $6 million bond failed to garner the supermajority it needed to pass in the recent February special election. If approved it would allowed the school district to expand the elementary and high school facilities, adding more classroom space needed to fulfill the district’s goal of getting back to a full day.

The bond used to construct the current school buildings in 1997 was retired last December. Passage of this new bond would have been used to add four classrooms and office space to the elementary school; replace the Alternative Education building and add four classrooms, laboratory bays and additional flexible space to the middle/high school complex. The bond, which needed at least 60 percent of the votes, had only received 54.37 precent of the returned ballots in favor of the issue as of the second ballot count held Friday, Feb. 14.

Because of the Bond Hearing the regular board meeting will not start until 8 p.m.