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.