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2015 Bond Information Proposition 1: February 10, 2015
Bonds to Make Safety Improvements, and Construct and Renovate School Facilities
“Our schools are in critical need of upgrades in the areas of security /safety, classroom space and general building improvements.”
“This bond would help improve security in all Yelm Schools creating a safer learning environment for students and staff.”
“This bond also has an impact on three most aging neighborhood schools. Yelm Middle School built in 1966 and Southworth Elementary built in 1972 would be totally rebuilt and enlarged on their existing locations. Prairie Elementary built in 1983 would be modernized and all internal systems (HVAC, electrical, technology, plumbing, etc.) would be updated and brought up to todays standards.
The bond also allows for the building of a new ninth grade campus on district owned land adjacent to Yelm High School. The addition of this building would allow [YCS] to move the 9th graders out of our middle schools and move the sixth grade in to our middle schools creating a 6-8 grade level configuration. This move allows us to gain much needed classroom space in all of our elementary schools and provide for better curriculum alignment.
Since our last bond in 2003 we have grown by over 850 students. This is roughly the equivalent of two elementary schools, what is even more astonishing is the projected growth of another 900 students in the next five years.
The above building projects were selected as they all are eligible for state assistance funds which will help to maximize local dollars,” quoting Yem Community Schools.
The tax rate increase (over the existing rate) would be approximately $0.92 per $1,000 of assessed value, or $184 per year (or $15.33 per month) for a home valued at $200,000.
– Open to the public Chats with the Superintendent
12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4 at Crossroads Community Covenant Church
11 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 23 at Yelm Senior Center
12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 at Yelm Prairie Christian Center
UPDATE: January 30, 2015
“$53.9 million measure would address overcrowding, security issues in Yelm schools”
By Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.