WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla School Board has agreed to wait before attempting another bond to renovate Walla Walla High School.
During its regular meeting Tuesday, the board unanimously approved a motion that puts off seeking a bond until later on. A specific time to seek another bond was not discussed or proposed.
The board was facing a Friday deadline if it was going to try a bond again in April. Board members Cindy Meyer, Ruth Ladderud, and board president Anne Golden all agreed April was too soon. Board members Max Carrera and Dan Hess were absent.
During a Feb. 12 special election, voters rejected the $48 million local share of a $69.6 million proposal to renovate the city’s largest public high school. With about 53 percent of voters in favor, the district found itself far short of the 60 percent needed.
The board held a public work session last week as a chance for residents to sound off on the proposal. Close to 60 community members shared their reasons for voting for or against the proposal, and provided feedback and suggestions for moving forward. Ideas ranged from going for a smaller project, to waiting more time, to better marketing, and a better assessment of what voters would support.
Ladderud said she heard some community members still had questions even after the work session last week. Meyer said she did not feel comfortable setting a schedule for another proposal.
“We’re not there yet,” she said.
Superintendent Mick Miller said he was encouraged by the work session, because even those who said they voted against the project acknowledged the high school’s facility needs.
“Everyone seems to agree there are needs,” he said. He said the next phase is to continue to listen, “and let people know we are coming back at some point.”