The Pioneer School Board held a community meeting Tuesday to hear input from the public on the three options the District has when it comes to paying for students to attend Shelton High School and how to pay for the District’s estimated portion of the upcoming renovations to the high school. The options are:
- Ask voters to approve a levy or bond to pay the $4.5 million which would increase taxes approximately 72 cents per $1000 of assessed property value;
- Annex into the Shelton School District which is estimated to increase property taxes by $2.24 per $1000;
- Establish another high school in cooperation with the Hood Canal School District which would mean asking voters to approve a new bond – estimated property tax increase of $1.00 per $1000.
Close to 100 people attended the meeting to hear the options, ask questions, voice their concerns, and provide their input to the school board.
There was a variety of comments which ranged from concern over curriculum and size of a new high school to asking the students what they want. Some supported paying the $4.5 million for the renovations while more seemed to support the new high school concept. No one in attendance was in favor of annexation which is the default result if voters decide against the other two options.
At the end of the meeting, the audience was asked to raise their hands if they support one option over another. The informal vote appeared to favor the new high school. However many said they need more information and didn’t raise their hands.
The Pioneer School Board is asking for input with an online survey and expects to make a decision in the next couple of months. If you have questions, you can contact the Pioneer School District.
A similar effort is underway in the Hood Canal School District.