Kennewick School District hosts meeting for bond that would affect six schools
Kennewick voters will decide a school bond February 12th.
Thursday the district hosted a meeting to discuss what the $125 million bond will include.
A vote for the bond is a vote for a 30 cent tax for every thousand dollars of the assessed property value.
So the owner of a $200,000 home would pay $60 a year.
District leaders say they need to keep up with aging buildings, growing enrollment and safety updates.
Ron King, principal of Kennewick High School says the proposed building that would replace the current Kennewick High School is going to be safer and keep up with the growth the district is seeing.
“That growth from the elementary and middle schools which is starting to hit all three high schools now when we start really feeling that impact we won't have to add portables we can put them in classrooms which keeps them all under one roof,” King said.
The bond would open a new elementary school, now being called Elementary #18. It would replace Kennewick High School with a new two-story school. It would replace Amistad Elementary with a new two-story building and either replace or remodel Ridge View Elementary. Kamiakin High School and Southridge High School would get additions.
Robyn Chastain with Kennewick School District says even with the bond Kennewick homeowners will see a tax decrease because of changes in the state with how education is funded.
According to the district, because the Kennewick levy is capped at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value for 2019 and 2020, the total school taxes per $1,000 of assessed property value with the bond included is estimated to be $6.64 for 2019. Including the bond, that’s still an estimated $1.52 decrease from 2018.
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