The bond and levies are on the ballot for February 11, 2020. Ballots should start arriving around January 24, 2020. Please be sure to vote “Yes” and send in your ballot by February 11.
A 20-year bond in the amount of $15 million, to fund the renovation and expansion of Lincoln Middle School and fund cooling system additions (HVAC upgrades) to Franklin, Jefferson, and Sunnyside Elementary Schools. The amount and terms of this bond were recommended to the board by the Capital Projects Advisory Committee, a team made up of community members and LMS staff representatives. The current LMS bond will expire in December 2020.
Here’s why we think the bond deserves your support:
- Lincoln Middle School is beyond its capacity. It was built for up to 600 students and currently serves almost 700 students. The number of students is expected to substantially increase over the next 20 years. This bond will relieve crowding and allow for growth, while also improving parking, roof issues, and other aspects of the school.
- Three elementary schools and LMS will upgrade their HVAC systems, which will cool the schools and improve air quality—crucial during wildfire season. The schools are used by the community year-round, so improved HVAC allows for a healthier environment for all.
- The bond was recommended to the Pullman School Board by the Capital Projects Advisory Committee, who met last summer to learn about bonds, community input, the state of LMS, and financial impact. The vote was unanimous in support of the bond.
- There will be no tax rate increase. The current LMS bond expires in December 2020, and the new bond will not take effect until 2021.
2020 Replacement Levies
A four-year enrichment levy, $5.3 million per year (replacement levy, previously known as maintenance and operations levy)
A four-year technology levy, $200,000 per year (replacement levy)
Here’s why we think the levies deserve your support:
The four-year enrichment levy and four-year technology levy bridge state funding and support important school needs, such as:
- Activities and Athletics
- Safety and Security
- Smaller Class Sizes
- Professional Development
The levies are a replacement, so there will be no tax rate increase.
Opportunities to learn more:
Bond + Levy Informational Presentation: January 23, 6:30pm in PHS Community Room
Bond + Levy Informational Presentation: January 29, 6:30pm in PHS Community Room