Friday, February 22, 2013
WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla School Board has scheduled a public work session Tuesday to take community input on the failed Walla Walla High School bond.
The session is scheduled from 4-6:30 p.m. in the district’s board room, 364 S. Park St. and is open to the public.
The board will be weighing whether to seek another, smaller bond in May or November, or consider other options in light of the election Feb. 12.
Although 53 percent of voters supported dedicating $48 million in local tax dollars to renovating Wa-Hi, 60 percent was needed for the measure to pass.
Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Mick Miller expressed his disappointment with the bond’s outcome during the Walla Walla School Board meeting Tuesday night.
Miller said with 53 percent of voters in favor of the bond, he could not recommend the board seek the same proposal again.
He said the board school could look at breaking the bond into smaller parts, and let voters choose their priority, or choose a priority as a board for residents to vote on.
Miller did say the board would need to have a resolution to seek another bond by March 8 if it is to go to voters for an April 23 special election. Another option would be to wait for the November election, and use the coming months to meet with community members again to secure a better plan.
The proposed Wa-Hi project would have made significant improvements to most of the school’s buildings, most dating back to 1963.
Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8317.