Walla Walla Public Schools 

Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors accepted for further community input two bond package options prepared by the Community Facilities Task Force. These options will be discussed with the community over the next three months before the school board makes a final decision in May on which bond package option is placed on the November 2018 ballot.

Option 1 - $65.6M Bond Package (Replacement Bond - no bond tax rate increase)
- Renovations of Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School and Lincoln High School

- Approximately $6.7M select school infrastructure projects such as roofing, HVAC and school safety improvements
- $65.6M Local cost (eligible for $52.6M State Match which will be applied entirely to the three school renovation projects listed above)
- Tax Rate: approximately $1.23/$1,000 tax rate (Replacement Bond - maintains current bond tax rate)

Option 2 - $73.9M Bond Package (15 cent bond tax rate increase over the current rate)
- Same renovations of Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School and Lincoln High School as presented in Option 1

- Approximately $8.3M of additional school infrastructure projects (Total: $15M)
- $73.9M Local cost (eligible for $52.6M State Match which will be applied entirely to the three school renovation projects listed above)
- Tax Rate: approximately $1.38/$1,000 tax rate (15 cent increase above current bond tax rate)

Next Steps: The School Board and Community Facilities Task Force will openly engage with the community over the next three months to seek input on the two options. Several community presentations, school tours and public meetings are also planned. The Task Force will recommend one of the two options to the School Board in April. The school board will make a final decision in May as to which bond option will be placed on the November 2018 ballot. Thank you for taking time to share your input. 

* 1. What affiliation best describes your relationship with Walla Walla Public Schools?

* 2. Which option developed by the Community Facilities Task Force best aligns with the community’s priorities and approach towards facility improvements. Check one box.

* 3. The Community Facilities Task Force developed a Long-range Facilities Master Plan following months of research and study. This draft plan is based on extensive facility analyses which took into account the age and infrastructure conditions of the district’s remaining eight campuses not identified for significant renovation in 2018. This plan utilizes replacement bonds approximately every 15 years to address long term renovation and preservation projects while maintaining a consistent bond tax rate for the community.

2018 Bond

Projects
• Walla Walla High School renovation
• Pioneer Middle School renovation
• Lincoln High School renovation
• Select school infrastructure projects (roofs, HVAC, safety/security improvements)

Cost per $1000 = Approximately $1.23 (Maintains existing bond tax rate)

2033 Replacement Bond 
Projects
• Berney Elementary renovation (54-years-old)
• Prospect Point Elementary renovation (63-years-old)
• Blue Ridge Elementary renovation (51-years-old)
• Garrison Middle School minor renovation (38 years since remodel)
• Green Park Elementary minor renovation (38 years since remodel)

Cost per $1000 = Approximately $1.23 (Maintains existing bond tax rate)

2047 Replacement Bond
Projects
• Sharpstein Elementary renovation (45 years since remodel)
• Edison Elementary minor renovation (38-year-old)
• SEATech minor renovation (33-years-old)

Cost per $1000 = Approximately $1.23 (Maintains existing bond tax rate)

Click the response below which best reflects your opinion of this approach to the district's draft Long-range Facilities Master Plan needs as developed by the Task Force:

* 4. The Community Facilities Task Force is recommending all of the eligible $52.6M in State Match funds be applied only to the voter-approved projects -- renovations of Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School and Lincoln High School. Combining local bond funds with state match to fully fund these projects lowers the cost to local taxpayers. Click the response which best describes your opinion of this approach to the use of State Match funds.

* 5. The Community Facilities Task Force is recommending any excess funds remaining after completion of the voter-approved projects be returned to taxpayers by paying down the bond debt. Click the response which best describes your opinion towards this approach.

* 6. Please check how you prefer to receive information about the 2018 Bond Planning Process.

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