LACEY, Wash. How old are the lunchroom chairs at North Thurston High School? Principal Steve Rood remembers using them.
I sat in those chairs at lunch over 30 years ago, said Rood.
Rood's district, North Thurston Public Schools, has a bond on next week's ballot to help pay for improvements to older buildings and security upgrades.
State lawmakers generated a billion dollars in extra school funding in the budget last year, but Rood said that money cannot be used for building improvements.
There are 210 different educational funding measures on the ballot across the state next week.
That number is three times the amount of bonds and levies on last year's February ballot.
Districts typically go to voters on even-numbered years, but a spokesperson for the Puget Sound
Educational Service District said the improving economy may have prompted some districts to put measures on the ballot this year.
For a list of districts with school funding measures, go to: http://blogs.sos.wa.gov/FromOurCorner/index.php/2014/01/february-special-election-is-underway/