Public invited to attend Pasco School District bond presentations

Pasco School District invites community members to attend an upcoming bond information session at local schools.

The debt amount of the proposed bond initiative is $46.8 million and the estimated rate for taxpayers is .34 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or $34 per year for a $100,000 property.

The District would also qualify for an estimated $38 million in State matching funds.

The bond, which will appear on the Feb. 12, 2013 ballot, will fund construction of three new elementary schools, one of which is a kindergarten center and other smaller projects which would be determined and prioritized based on final bids and State matching funds.

Since 2000, enrollment has increased by 81% or more than 7,100 students, an average of nearly 600 new students a year, or enough students to open a new school annually.

If the bond passes, the District will make a K/1-6 conversion in 2015-16 when all of the new schools are open.

Elementary schools will serve students grades K-6 or 1-6.

Middle schools will serve grades 7 and 8.

“This conversion is one of several cost-savings strategies,” says Superintendent Saundra Hill. “We know that elementary schools are less expensive to build than middle schools, so this shift will minimize the cost for local taxpayers while providing an outstanding educational program for our students.”

Another key cost-saving strategy was the purchase of 1.3 acres of land adjacent to Whittier Elementary.

“Elementary #15 will share a playground with Whittier, significantly reducing the cost of that school,” says Hill.

 

Here are the meeting locations, dates, times and presenters:

PHS
11/8/2012
7:00 PM English/Spanish
English-Room 272A/Spanish-Library
Open House w/Community Bond Talk
Raul Sital

Emerson
11/13/2012
6:00 PM English/Spanish
Library
Community Bond Talk
Josette Mendoza

Robinson
11/27/2012
6:00 PM English/Spanish
Library
Community Bond Talk
Megan Nelson

Frost
11/27/2012
5:30 PM English/Spanish/Russian
Library
ATP Meeting (open)
Dominique Dennis Nora Phongsa

Whittier
11/29/2012
6:30 PM English/Spanish
Gym
Community Bond Talk
Jaime Morales

Livingston
12/3/2012
6:30 PM English
Library
Community Bond Talk
Susan Sparks

Twain
12/3/2012
6:15 PM English/w Spanish Translation
Cafeteria
PTA Meeting (open)
Valerie Aragon

McGee
12/4/2012
6:00 PM English
Cafeteria
PTO Meeting (open)
Robin Hay

Angelou
12/6/2012
6:00 PM Spanish/ 6:45 PM English
Library
Community Bond Talk
LeAnn Nunamaker Claudia Serrano

Emerson
12/6/2012
3:15 PM Spanish
Library
Community Bond Talk
Josette Mendoza

Robinson
12/11/2012
6:00 PM English/Spanish
Library
Community Bond Talk
Megan Nelson

Ochoa
12/11/2012
6:00 PM
Cafeteria
ATP Parent Night (open)
Jackie Ramirez

Longfellow
12/18/2012
5:00 PM English/Spanish
Library
ATP Meeting (open)
Carol King/Jaime Silva

Emerson
1/15/2013
6:00 PM English/Spanish
Library
Community Bond Talk
Josette Mendoza

Angelou
1/15/2013
6:00 PM English/6:45 Spanish
Library
Community Bond Talk
LeAnn Nunamaker Claudia Serrano

Markham
1/15/2013
6:00 PM English w/Spanish Translation
Library
Community Bond Talk
Wendy Lechelt-Polster

Whittier
1/17/2013
6:30 PM English/Spanish
Cafeteria
Community Bond Talk
Jaime Morales

McGee
1/22/2013
6:00 PM Spanish/English
Cafeteria
Community Bond Talk
Robin Hay

Booth Building
1/24/2013
6:00 PM English/Spanish
Board Room
Community Bond Talk
Saundra Hill John Morgan

Frost
1/29/2013
5:30 PM English/Spanish/Russian
Library
ATP Meeting (open)
Dominique Dennis Nora Phongsa

Booth Building
1/30/2013
6:00 PM English/Spanish
Board Room
Community Bond Talk
Saundra Hill John Morgan