School Bond Proposal, What Is It?

Andrew O'Claray, Reporter

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We’ve all seen the signs all over the town “Vote Yes For Schools” for Tuesday, February 5th special election day, but what does it mean?

The proposed bond of $98 million approved by the Board of Directors would improve the safety and security at all schools in the district by upgrading door locks so teachers can lock classroom doors from the inside, and to add electronic locks at all major exterior exit doors. The bond would be used to demolish the current Post Middle School and to build a new facility on the current site.

The bond would add a new eight-classroom wing at Arlington High School, which is becoming crowded. AHS is expected to gain roughly 360 students who are enrolled in the districts middle schools alone in 2020.

Eagle Creek would get a fire sprinkler system (Eagle Creek Elementary is the only school in the district to not have Fire sprinklers). The bond would also add a fire service pipe to the facility.

Post Middle School is also the only school in the district to have asbestos throughout the school, which makes maintenance expensive. Asbestos is a natural mineral used in insulation and other construction material. Researchers later found out that this “miracle mineral” when damaged or disturbed they release asbestos fibers which can cause Mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer, and asbestosis.

In 2018 Arlington Public Schools (APS) surveyed community members and had public meetings that showed the community prioritized Security and safety at schools. But had a concern for Property taxes. Taxpayers are currently paying $1.33 per $1000 assessed property value would increase to $1.42 starting in 2020 and would stay at $1.42 till 2040. For instance if you own $200,000 in property value you would pay $284 compared to the current at $274.

With registered 140,000 voters in the Snohomish County for this election a 60% majority approval is required by law, and 5862 people have to validate the bonds.

More information on the bond can be found at https://www.asd.wednet.edu/Bond.

We’ve all seen the signs all over the town “Vote Yes For Schools” for Tuesday, February 5th special election day, but what does it mean?

The proposed bond of $98 million approved by the Board of Directors would improve the safety and security at all schools in the district by upgrading door locks so teachers can lock classroom doors from the inside, and to add electronic locks at all major exterior exit doors. The bond would be used to demolish the current Post Middle School and to build a new facility on the current site.

The bond would add a new eight-classroom wing at Arlington High School, which is becoming crowded. AHS is expected to gain roughly 360 students who are enrolled in the districts middle schools alone in 2020.

Eagle Creek would get a fire sprinkler system (Eagle Creek Elementary is the only school in the district to not have Fire sprinklers). The bond would also add a fire service pipe to the facility.

Post Middle School is also the only school in the district to have asbestos throughout the school, which makes maintenance expensive. Asbestos is a natural mineral used in insulation and other construction material. Researchers later found out that this “miracle mineral” when damaged or disturbed they release asbestos fibers which can cause Mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer, and asbestosis.

In 2018 Arlington Public Schools (APS) surveyed community members and public meetings that showed the community prioritized Security and safety at schools. But had a concern for Property taxes. Taxpayers are currently paying $1.33 per $1000 assessed property value would increase to $1.42 starting in 2020 and would stay at $1.42 till 2040. For instance if you own $200,000 in property value you would pay $284 compared to the current at $274.

 

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