Touchet voters to see bond for secondary school work

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TOUCHET — The Touchet School Board recently approved a resolution to put a $6.5 million bond measure before voters in February. The funds would be used along with state matching funds for complete renovation of the secondary school.

According to Superintendent Susan Bell, the proposed renovation would be the first major work on the building, which was completed in 1975 and currently houses students in fifth through 12th grades. “The secondary building is badly in need of repair,” she said. “We’re to the point of having serious roof leaks when it rains.”

Bell, who is in her second year as superintendent, started planning for the project shortly after joining the district. “The School Board created a renovation project committee early last year,” she said, “and they’ve been working hard to put together the excellent plan we now have.”

If the measure is approved, work will begin on the project in June 2014 and will last for about 18 months. “We would house displaced students in temporary space in the elementary building and in the gym,” Bell said.

Along with the bond measure, the board also approved a three-year maintenance and operations levy request to be voted on in February. The levy would provide $684,355 per year from 2014 through 2016. It would replace the current levy previously approved by voters for the same amount, which runs through 2013.

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