Clarkston School Dist. leaders share their plans for a bond and levy

Clarkston School Dist. leaders share their plans for a bond and levy »Play Video
The high school lacks adequate lockdown security mechanisms and has multiple entryways.
CLARKSTON, WA - The Clarkston School District is gearing up for levy and bond elections in February.

KLEW News takes you to a press conference held Thursday that explains why the district needs more tax money.

Clarkston School District leaders are asking local voters to pass a levy and bond this coming February. The proposed levy would pay for operating costs for teachers and their materials. It'd be $3.96 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property value which would collect nearly $5 million for the school district if passed by the voters.

"96% of all the school districts in the state of Washington have to run levies because we do not have enough money given to us by the federal government or the state of Washington," said Clarkston School District Superintendent, Darcy Weisner.

A separate proposed bond is for the reconstruction of the east wing of Clarkston High School. In a press conference held Thursday afternoon, Superintendent Darcy Weisner spoke about the aging high school building. Findings from the Sandy Hook school shooting that left 26 children and adults dead play a huge factor into the future site.

"We have multiple points of entry," said Weisner. "We cannot secure the building with any kind of lock down, secured lock down mechanisms."

If passed the bond would raise property taxes by 69-cents per thousand dollars of assessed property value. Which would be approximately $180 a year on a home that's valued at $100,000.
In 2010 a similar but more expensive bond was presented to the community but it failed.

"This is our highest need building in the system," said Weisner. "It's going to keep coming back until we, the board and this community have a project that they can agree to."

If the voters approve the $38 million bond, the state will give the district an additional $10 million in matching funds. Construction would likely begin in 2015.

Weisner said students wouldn't be affected by the construction if the bond passes because the new building would be built on the current football field.