The Pasco School Board plans today to discuss the possibility of putting a bond before voters, though it's not clear yet what the money might pay for.
Pasco schools are crowded, and officials are looking for ways to accommodate increasing enrollment.
Board members meet at 4:30 p.m. in a workshop session to study the issue, two hours before the regularly scheduled board meeting at 6:30 p.m.
District spokeswoman Leslee Caul declined to comment about particular options the board will consider for a bond. Bonds are used for building schools, adding space or buying portable classrooms.
"These are all decisions the board will make," she said.
More than 15,500 students attend Pasco schools, though the designed capacity of the district's buildings is closer to 14,800. Enrollment is expected to hit 21,000 in the next six years.
Voters rejected the last request for a bond in April 2011, when the district sought $59 million to help pay for a new elementary school and middle school along with other renovations and improvements. The levy would have cost property owners 95 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or $95 for a $100,000 home.
Less than half of the votes cast for the previous bond were in support of it. Bonds need 60 percent approval, or a super majority, to pass.
Voter rejection led the district to investigate a multitrack school year, where schools operate year-round but students attend at different times. District officials have said district residents want that approach considered as a last resort.
The district has secured some funding for future schools. The Pasco City Council approved school impact fees for future homes built in the city limits. Developers will have to pay up to $4,700 for each home they build as of April 16. The fee is expected to generate about $3.6 million.
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