The Clover Park School Board is considering closing Lake City Elementary School, renovating Lakeview Elementary School and modernizing Lakes High School. The board would ask the public to approve a $65 million bond proposal to complete the construction work. The board is set to hold an Oct. 10 public hearing on the issues at 6 p.m. at Lake City Elementary School, 8800 121st SW.
A vote next February is the most likely scenario for an election. The expected $65 million bond issue proposal is a considerable decrease from issues sought in 2002 and 2003. In 2002 a $120 million bond issue was defeated at the polls and the next year voters rejected a $98.5 million request.
At current property valuations, it is expected that the owner of a home assessed for $200,000 would pay $87 annually for the $65 million bond issue. The tax would be 43.5 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
Lake City Elementary school was originally built in 1910 and has been remodeled and expanded several times over the years. Al Cohen, deputy superintendent of CP schools, said nearly $6 million in deferred major repairs are needed to bring the building up to current standards.
In rebuilding Lakeview Elementary School, the district would partner with the Boys and Girls Club facility to be constructed next to the school. Such a cooperative venture would save the school district approximately $2 million in construction costs. The Boys and Girls Club already has a facility at the school and the organization is in the fund-raising mode for construction of several new buildings throughout the area.
Lakes High School is more than 44 years old and has no fire suppression system or auditorium and is seriously in need of renovation to its electrical, heating and other systems. Maintenance is a high cost item in the district’s budget.
The bond issue proposal calls for $10 million going to the Lakeview Elementary project and $55 million to the high school. Additionally, the state would pitch in $3 million for the elementary school and $13 million for Lakes High School.