Bond vote decision March 13
Washington School Superintendent Mike Jorgensen shared some new information about the boiler in the former junior high school. He gave the school board members four handouts with the information.
The first handout included all of the possible bond issue election dates through December 2014. The second was a rough estimate about the cost of geothermal systems from construction manager Dan Culp. The third was the results of a boiler inspection. The final handout was a summary of discussion points, which were the focus of a facility group meeting on Monday.
Culp estimated that installing geothermal systems in three of the district’s buildings would roughly cost $5.5 to $6 million. If the systems were installed, the district would not anticipate another bond vote for 10 to 15 years.
Meanwhile, Jorgensen said repairs costing less than $10,000 could be made to the boiler in the former junior high school, which is now a wing of the new high school. He said the state inspector said making the repairs would buy the boiler another year’s use.
The district also has a $250,000 line of credit with Washington State Bank. Jorgensen spoke to Keith Lazar of the bank about that and found that the district could get a capital loan note for 0.065 percent interest.
Jorgensen then said that the information makes another discussion of the bond issue worthwhile. He said that the comments he’s hearing from the community are to not replace the boiler and go with geothermal systems.
Board member Stephanie Ellingson thinks bundling the three projects together would appeal to more parents and community members. She would also like to see an expansion of the facilities committee. She and board member Ericka Raber said the capital loan note would be a “plan B.”
Jorgensen said he would like all of the district’s booster groups to meet with the facilities committee. He doesn’t think a bond issue could go forward without the support of the groups.
The board took no formal action but decided to place an action item on the March 13 agenda to rescind the bond vote, to repair the boiler and to expand the facilities committee.
In other business the board
• approved moving forward with four of the five items on the facilities plan recommendation. The item left out was the replacement of the boiler. The other items were tuck-pointing for Lincoln School, replacing the carpet with tile in one room at Stewart School, floor coverings for at least one room at the middle school and replacing one room of parquet floor at Lincoln;
• approved the 2013-14 school calendar, which received a nay from board member Sheryl Lewis. She objected to ending the second term on Jan. 14, which is two weeks after the winter break. She thinks the end of the term should happen before the winter break;
• approved the purchase of a maintenance truck that will cost $24,100; and
• agreed to meet in special session at 6 p.m. March 6 to discuss middle school schedules.