More time sought for Dayton bond recommendation

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DAYTON — After reviewing possible options for a modernization project, Dayton School District facilities committee members have determined they are unable to make a recommendation to the school board.

Superintendent Doug Johnson said he would like more time to consider public input, and that a possible recommendation would likely come in time to place a bond measure on the April ballot.

The committee met Tuesday evening to consider several possibilities for a 20-year bond to modernize some portion of the district’s facilities.

They discussed options ranging from a modernization and reconstruction of the entire campus to several smaller projects that could be completed in phases.

These projects would require a 20-year bond that could cost property owners from $2.20 to $3.69 per dollar of assessed value.

The district would also be eligible for state matching funds.

Discussion will continue at the next facilities committee meeting, set for Oct. 29.

The committee’s hope is to refine the list of possible projects before presenting them to the public.

Meetings of both the committee and the school board are open to the public. People also may contact Superintendent Johnson at 382-2543.

Rachel Alexander can be reached at rachelalexander@wwub.com or 509-526-8363.

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