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Bond money plans made

Coupeville school district leaders are getting ready to spend the bond money they hope voters will approve next month.

The school board Monday evening OK’d hiring a consultant to help manage a high priority project to repair the roofs of several school district buildings.

But before any work can start to repair the roofs, the school district has to pass a $22.8 million bond issue which includes money to pay for the roofing projects.

Voters will decide on the school district bond on May 18.

The district plans to repair roofs on the high school annex, the high school gymnasium, the elementary school and the multi-purpose room.

“This is one of the major aspects of the bond proposal,” said Superintendent Bill Myhr.

Myhr said the roofs are leaky and there are areas of dry rot. He said he wants to get the project completed before the district has to deal with mold appearing in the buildings.

Myhr said the roofing projects will cost the district an estimated $520,000.

The roofing consultant will help get the project ready for bid. That should happen right after the bond election, assuming it’s successful, Myhr said.

The consultant, Poulsbo-based J Randall and Associates, will also be the project manager to ensure it’s properly finished, Myhr said.

The school board approved a contract that would pay a maximum of $5,800 for the consultant’s work.

Should the bond pass, the re-roofing projects would begin this summer and be complete before fall.

The bulk of the bond money will be used to build a new two-story high school complete with computer stations, science classrooms and vocational/technical classrooms, and new commons/cafeteria and music rooms for middle school and high school use. Once the new high school is complete, the current one will be demolished along with two other buildings.

Other bond projects include installing security cameras in all schools, repairing middle school hallway flooring, renovating the performing arts center and constructing a covered play area at the elementary school playground.

Should the bond pass, residents would pay an additional $1.35 per thousand in property taxes.

District residents should soon be seeing promotional signs appearing throughout the area for the bond, according to a report made at the meeting by bond supporters.

Should the bond not pass, Myhr said the school district would withdraw the bid for the roofing project.

But Myrh said he is confident that the school district has a good bond package and voters will approve it next month.

The League of Women Voters is hosting a public meeting on the bond proposal Thursday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, starting with a tour of the buildings.

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