The Kelso School District plans to seek public input on a proposal to run a $98.6 million bond measure, with a goal of upgrading and improving facilities all across the district. After several months of work, the Facility Improvement Team made its report to the Kelso School Board yesterday, presenting recommendations on “recognized priorities and areas of importance.” The major components for Capital Facility Improvement include district-wide safety and security upgrades, and a new elementary school in Lexington, with Catlin Elementary School being “repurposed.” Wallace Elementary and Beacon Hill Elementary Schools would be replaced on their existing sites, classrooms would be added at Butler Acres, and they would upgrade athletic facilities used by the district and the community. It’s estimated that 15 portables could be eliminated through this package.
The estimated cost of these projects is just less than $137 million, and Kelso is eligible for about $30 million in state assistance. The plan would be to run a $98.6 million bond, after input comes from the community. The district is now soliciting public input, taking comments on-line through Thoughtexchange, and with Community Forums that will be held on Wednesday, October 11th and on Tuesday, October 17th. Both will be held at 7 pm in the Kelso High School Library. Results of the outreach will be shared with the public on November 1st. Get full details on the Kelso Schools web page.