PROSSER -- Prosser School Board members may decide today whether to again ask voters for a new high school.
It would mark their second attempt to pass a bond to help pay for a new high school near Art Fiker Stadium to replace the existing facility, which school officials say is outdated and overcrowded.
In last month's special election, a majority of voters (57 percent ) approved a $41.3 million, 20-year bond to help pay for a new 163,000-square-foot high school with room for up to 1,300 students. However, that's shy of the 60 percent supermajority needed to pass.
The school board meets at6 p.m. today at Keene-Riverview Elementary School. The Prosser School District is considering scaling down the request, said Cormac Thompson, a district spokesman.
The Feb. 8 measure was projected to cost property owners $2.49 per $1,000 of assessed value, or $249 per year for a $100,000 home. However, the district is scheduled to pay off an existing bond this year, meaning homeowners would have noticed a jump of $1.13 per $1,000 of assessed value.
State matching funds of $23.5 million would have rounded out the $64.8 million construction cost.
The current high school was built in 1936 with periodic upgrades. Administrators say it is designed for about 500 students, though the school has an enrollment of 865.