After much discussion, the Board made the decision to ask the community to support a $195 million bond measure. Passage of this bond would support projects totaling $215 million with the remaining $20 million coming from projected state matching funds on the multiple projects. I applaud the Board for their understanding of the issues that we face and for the thoughtful decision that they made this evening.
Passage of the bond will allow us to eliminate our current over-crowded conditions and accommodate projected enrollment growth. Increased capacity will come from constructing a new comprehensive 9-12 Tahoma High School in the middle of Maple Valley. This will then allow us to change grade level configurations in the current buildings resulting in six smaller elementary schools housing grades K-5 and two middle schools housing grades 6-8. The increased capacity and alignments will provide greater control of class sizes and significantly reduce the number of portables n our system.