Asking the Centralia R-VI School District’s voters for a bond and levy was the focus of the November 28 meeting of the Centralia School Board.
R-VI Superintendent Darin Ford started the meeting by saying “These are just my thoughts.”
From there, he submitted a detailed presentation to the board on what he thought the district should receive should the voters pass a proposed $6 million bond and a no tax increase levy that would raise $531,800 per year, or more if the district’s assessed valuation increases.
Funds from the levy, he said, would be used to:
• “Keep class sizes low and offerings high, including vocational and fine art offerings
• “Accommodate our students and staff with the resources they need and make sure they are sustainable.”
• “Continuous focus on improvement of safety measures.”
Ford said the bond proceeds would focus on three things:
• Retire the CIS lease-purchase
• Focus on facility issues at Centralia High School
• “Fix and renew what we have.”
He presented cost estimates for repairs and improvements to the district’s four main campuses.
• Chance Elementary School – $327,500
• Centralia Intermediate School – $120,000
• Chester Boren Middle School – $392,000
• Centralia High School – $3,385,500.