Few attend info session on Pasco school bond

The first of three information sessions about Pasco's upcoming bond election drew few people Wednesday night.

The Pasco School District invited voters to McLoughlin Middle School to present its case for the $59 million bond election scheduled for April 26.

Only about 15 people showed -- and several of them were district staff.

Those who did come wondered if alternatives to school construction had been looked into.

Several other ideas are being discussed, among them year-round school and turning empty buildings in Pasco into schools, said John Morgan, the district's operations director

But the only long-term solution is to build new schools, he said.

Building the proposed elementary school, middle school and early learning center in west Pasco, and expanding several existing schools, will cost $109 million. The state would pay $50 million of that.

If passed, the bond would add 95 cents per $1,000 of property value to existing taxes, or $95 for a $100,000 home.

Two more information sessions are planned -- March 1 at Ochoa Middle School and March 31 at Stevens Middle School. Both sessions begin at 7 p.m.