Washougal seeks schools bond

first_imgThe Washougal School District is preparing to ask the community to support a multimillion-dollar bond measure that would fund the construction of three new schools. The proposal addresses some of the district’s most pressing needs for heightened security and more space for a growing student body, Superintendent Dawn Tarzian said. In all, the package would include $52 million to $62 million worth of projects for the district, and it would go before voters next year. Tarzian expects the school board to finalize the proposal at its 6:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday at Gause Elementary School, 1100 34th St., Washougal. The largest piece of the package is a proposal to replace Jemtegaard Middle School and build an additional K-5 elementary school on the site. In 2008, voters rejected a $55 million bond measure with a similar plan to build a shared elementary and middle school campus where Jemtegaard stands at 35300 S.E. Evergreen Highway. The new proposal for a shared campus is estimated to cost anywhere from $46.5 million to $54 million, depending on how large the two schools would be. The middle school could be built large enough for 650 students and the elementary could house as many as 450, said Joe Steinbrenner, the district’s facilities director.last_img read more