February Vote on Cooperative High School

Voters in the Pioneer and Hood Canal school districts will decide in February whether the build a cooperative high school. The school boards held a joint meeting Thursday night to discuss the concept with residents.

During the meeting, held at the new Pioneer Middle School, Superintendents Marty Brewer and Shawn Batstone told residents they are looking to build the new high school in the MacEwan Prairie area which is where the two districts share a border. The school would be 100,000 square feet, built on 40 to 50 acres, house up to 750 students and is estimated to cost $60 Million to $70 Million. Each district will be asking its voters to approve 30-year, $30 Million construction bonds and since the school is a cooperative effort, the state match could be as much as $10 Million.

The $30 Millions bond would cost property owners in each district approximately a dollar per thousand more. When added to each District’s existing debt, the total cost per thousand for Hood Canal School District property owners would be about $4.00 per thousand and for Pioneer School District Property owners it would be about $4.35 per thousand.

After hearing from about a dozen residents, each school board took action to direct their superintendent to draft a resolution to place the bond on the February 13, 2018 special election ballot. The Pioneer School Board voted 4 to 0 as Pamela Harrell was not able to attend the special meeting. The Hood Canal School Board’s vote was unanimous. Each board will is expected to adopt the resolution at board meetings later this month. The deadline to be placed on the February ballot is December 15th.

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