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Centralia R-VI revisiting levy, bond initiative

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 6:24 am

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.”

A Centralia elementary school student looks up at visiting school board members during their tour of Chance Elementary School.

A Centralia elementary school student looks up at visiting school board members during their tour of Chance Elementary School.

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.