School bond would pay for expansion, renovations

Staff writerApril 2, 2014 

Ballots for Tenino School District’s Special Election on April 22 are expected to be mailed out Wednesday, according to Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall.

The 1,200-student district’s $38 million bond measure is the only item on the ballot. It narrowly failed during the Feb. 11 election.

“Tenino had enough votes cast to meet the validation requirement, but didn’t meet the 60 percent majority to pass,” Hall said.

The district would have needed an additional 81 more “yes” votes to pass, she said.

If approved, the measure will pay for expansion and renovation projects at Tenino Elementary and Tenino Middle schools, including new roofs, additional classrooms and technology upgrades.

The measure also would be used to build a second high school gymnasium and to improve athletic facilities.

“The Tenino High School gym was built in the 1960s,” states a post on the Citizens for Tenino’s Schools Facebook page. “The roof leaks, the floor is wavy and sits on a pad of concrete. … A new gym at the high school would not only be safer for our players, but thanks to new technologies developed over the last 50 years, we would also have ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant facilities and restrooms and the potential for a new weight room.”

If approved, homeowners would pay about $2.83 per $1,000 on the value of their home, according to the district’s website.

The district’s last bond was passed in 1987 and paid off in 2007. If approved, the district could receive about $9.7 million in matching grants from the state for the school projects, according to officials.

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