Facilities Bond is Approved at 60.78%! The Work Begins!
Selah patrons supported student learning and student safety as they voted to approve the District's April 24, facilities bond request.
The approval of the District's $45.8 million request, which passed at 60.78%, allows for the replacement and restructuring of John Campbell Primary School. Additionally, with the passage of the bond, the District is eligible for an additional $13.9 million in state match funds.
Superintendent, Shane Backlund, is appreciative of the continued support by the Selah community towards its schools and students.
"Once again, thank you Selah voters," said Backlund. "The community's support is indication it realized the learning and safety challenges associated with the current John Campbell campus and how those challenges affect our District's young learners. The vote of confidence by patrons is a vote for the future of our community―our children."
Approval of the Bond means construction of a first and second grade facility at the existing John Campbell site, and a kindergarten campus at Lince. The new facilities will address learning and safety needs. Student learning will be enhanced as the facilities will be tailored to early learners. Also, student transitions will be decreased, meaning instruction time increased, and smaller buildings will allow for more flexible scheduling to meet the needs of students. Further, student safety will be improved. Both campuses will have student drop off/pick-up areas separate from bus zones, allowing for a safer flow of vehicles. Also, there will be secured entries to the buildings, and state-of-the-art video surveillance.
Even though the bond has passed, the work continues. The design phase has already begun for the new kindergarten campus. Construction is targeted to begin for the kindergarten facility in April of 2019. Completion of the campus is estimated for June 2020. Construction work at the John Campbell first and second grade campus is targeted to begin in July of 2020, and initial completion is estimated in December of 2021.
"This is an exciting time for Selah," said Backlund. "The passage of the Bond is another example of how patrons support students and schools. Together, the District and community are building a better future in Selah."