School board to discuss bond issue
During a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Washington School District office, the Washington School Board is expected to vote on a resolution regarding an endorsement of a facility plan for the 1913 Washington High School and meet with a group planning to circulate a petition for a bond referendum to renovate the building.
Washington Schools Superintendent Mike Jorgensen said today that he believes a group of private citizens will bring a petition calling for a bond vote to renovate the 1913 high school into a middle school and contribute $1 million toward an auditorium on the new high school building. The new high school is under construction and is being attached to the existing junior high building. Jorgensen said the bond issue would be for about $10 million and would include a geothermal system, a new band room, and the auditorium money.
“The board has done several public forums and work sessions and the board has prioritized what they think should be done, but they have never taken action to endorse a plan,” Jorgensen said. “We really feel like we need to have that stamp of approval or endorsement of what the board thinks the plan should be and from there the community group that brings forth the petition would have something to work from.”
Jorgensen said that the geothermal and other renovations of the 1913 high school are designed to make the building more energy-efficient which will provide a cost-savings to the district.
“That building, because of its age, is extremely inefficient as far as heating and cooling,” Jorgensen said. ‘The geothermal would be huge in terms of savings to the district and it would include cooling which the current high school doesn’t. When you look at geothermal, you also have to look at light replacement and door replacement to make it energy-efficient.”
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