College Place School District to discuss bond at meeting tonight

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COLLEGE PLACE -- The state's education agency has approved a request from College Place Public Schools to establish a high school district, opening the path for a bond proposal to rebuild and restructure the city's public schools.

The College Place School District announced today it received formal approval from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction on Friday to form its own high school program for students in ninth through 12th grades. Currently, College Place high school students attend Walla Walla High School, in the Walla Walla School District.

With the approval from OSPI secured, the district plans to move forward with a bond proposal that would rebuild the current Davis Elementary School to serve students in preschool through fifth grades. Davis now serves students through third grade, with fourth, fifth and sixth-grade students attending Meadow Brook Intermediate School. The district plans to restructure Meadow Brook into the district's middle school, serving sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

Sager Middle School, meanwhile, would be freed to eventually house the district's new high school program, if project dollars are approved by voters.

The College Place School Board plans to put a bond to voters during an election in April with the goal of securing funds for the Davis and Meadow Brook construction.

Davis would be rebuilt at its current site on Ash Avenue, and Meadow Brook would be remodeled to serve older students and to vacate Sager for future high school plans.

"OSPI's support is great news for the College Place community and the children who live here," said board chairman Doug Case in a statement.

"The fact that this will give families from our district and valley more opportunities and choices for their children's education is very positive. It is important to note that this will give the taxpayers of our district the ability to vote, and have input on, how their tax dollars are being used in the education of their high school students."

A board work session is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to hear a presentation from the architect on concept drawings of the project and costs.

On Thursday, the first meeting of the Citizens Committee will be held at 5:30 PM at the Sager library.

Anyone with questions about the bond can contact the district office or any school board member. Questions about the Citizens Committee should be directed to Doug Case at dougcase4@gmail.com or 509-629-3229.

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