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ASD gathers public opinion on failed bond


April 25, 2018 | View PDF

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One of the focused discussion groups that the Arlington School District has run to gather public opinion.

The Arlington School District is holding a number of upcoming meetings to gather opinions on their failed February 2018 bond proposal.

The district's proposed $107.5 million bond measure would have built a new Post Middle School and expanded Arlington High School, among a number of other projects.

The bond failed with 55.89 percent of voters approving the measure. Washington state requires 60 percent approval to pass a school bond.

Community members are invited to discuss what they thought of the bond during two meetings on April 26 and two meetings on May 12.

The April 26 meetings are from noon to 1:30 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The May 12 meetings are from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m.

All meetings are at the Arlington School District's district offices at 315 N. French Ave., Arlington.

"We're looking for a wide range of opinions, those who were in favor, those who opposed and even those who didn't vote," said Brian Lewis, executive director of operations for the district.

"We want to ask them questions about the process including anything that had an influence on the way they voted," said Lewis.

Lewis added that they are respectful of all opinions about the bond.

After the bond failed, the facilities committee, made up of a number of community members and district staff members, met to talk.

"We have had one meeting since then to review the results and talk about next steps," said Lewis.

If the district is going to attempt another bond proposal, they hope to pursue it soon.

"The longer we wait, the more it is going to cost," said Lewis. Materials and labor have been increasing in price for the last five years, he said, "and we don't expect that to turn around anytime soon."

District officials hope these meetings can clarify what the public wants.

"The facility committee will review the information received and make a recommendation to the board of directors in June," said Lewis.

That could include a scaled back version of the bond or an attempt to push for additional voter support.

"We don't want to ask our voters to support a tax rate that would be overly burdensome," said Lewis.

No decisions have been made yet, but the bond could go on the November 2018 ballot or the February 2019 ballot if the district's board of directors decides to put another bond proposal before the voters.

The meetings are also a good opportunity to build trust with the community, said Lewis.

"It's a continuation of the process to build connections so that people know that they can approach us if they have something to tell us," he said.

People who have questions or are interested in participating can contact Brian Lewis at


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