Mercer Island schools planning for new bond

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by John Langeler

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Posted on September 7, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 7 at 11:38 PM

    Mercer Island school officials plan to attempt another bond measure for new, rebuilt and expanded facilities in February, 2014.  A $196 million bond failed in April, 2012, but with K-8 classrooms roughly 35% overcapacity board members and administrators have been engaging the community to explain the need and the cost of accommodating the growing student population.

    “If I get any more kids, I don’t know where I’m going to put them,” said teacher at Islander Middle School Vicky Mann, “I think we need (new classrooms) pretty badly.  We now have nine portables out here.”

    Initial estimates on a revised bond measure came in around $70 million.  But costs have been revised, and this week the board will discuss a $98 million proposal.  It would not go on the ballot next year and a vote is not expected by the board at its upcoming meeting.

    “When you get to the point when you’ve got kids sitting on the floor, we don’t have space for them,” explained Mann, “That’s when we have to say something.”

    School officials said the district has 27 portable classrooms and the district is simply overcapacity.

     Preliminary discussion of the new bond seems to be persuading some opponents of the previous effort.

     “I went to the board and I brought my old sign,” said Trevor Hart, part of a group against the 2012 bond, “I told them I won’t be posting these.

     “They’ve come to a much more realistic and more appropriate approach to solving the problem,” he continued.

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