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Pullman High School tours may help voters decide upcoming bond levy

PULLMAN, WA - Parents and taxpayers took a tour of Pullman High School on Tuesday night to find out why the school district is asking them to vote on a $53.5 million bond.

Some of the talking points were the concrete walls without insulation, the outdated furniture, and the confusing layout of the building. Pullman School District Superintendent Paul Strum said that the tour gives people a chance to ask questions and to experience the school’s disadvantages first-hand.

“It’s much more instructive if people can actually see it, and see the examples that we tend to talk about,” said Strum.

“Seeing the facility and the structure was very good, and also learning what the challenges were, and hearing about the plans for the future and actually finding out how they’re going to stage it,” said future Pullman High School parent Dyonne Davidson.

The new school would be more secure and energy efficient because there would be fewer exits around the building. It would also have improved Wi-Fi capabilities and it would be Title-Nine complaint.

Strum said that now is a good time to pass the bond because interest rates are relatively low and the state of the economy would allow the school district to get a decent bid on material and labor costs. Pullman voters will decide on whether or not to pass this bond on February 12th, and there will be another tour of the high school from 6:00 to 7:00 on Thursday night.
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