School district hoping for bond OK

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By Meg Olson

Hoping to educate Point Roberts residents on an upcoming $45 million school construction bond, parents, students and teachers got together at the local primary school on Benson Road.

Many Point Roberts residents and several school district administrators attended the January 6 Blaine school district reunion to talk about how approval of the bond will help Point Roberts families.

The bulk of the bond funds will be used to update Blaine High School, built in 1971, to address a growing list of student safety and welfare needs. Students Veronica Hughes, Grace Wilkowski and Alexandra Szabo laughed about how they dodge waterfalls from roofs as they run between classes in the modular school. The ailing heating and ventilation system means some classrooms are frigid while others are too hot. The school also lacks a cafeteria, so high school students eat lunch in the middle school, and even that is insufficient to accommodate all of them.

“For all these kids here in Point Roberts, what this bond means is the opportunity to go to a modern high school that really meets their needs today,” said Point Roberts Primary School teacher Mary Edgley. If the bond passes, Edgley said, “When our kids leave here in third grade they will be going to an elementary school with a real cafeteria.”

The Point Roberts Primary School hasn’t been left out of the planned improvements. A new roof and permanent rubber flooring for the covered play shed are on the list.

“With a concrete floor, when the kids go down they go down hard,” Edgley said. “This will provide a durable, safe solution.” She added that new equipment for the primary school playground is also planned, which will be available to all the children on the Point.

The bond, if approved, would replace bonds that will be paid off in 2016, and bond funds will be acquired in phases, so school officials are predicting it will not raise taxes. “They might actually drop a bit,” Edgley said.

For approval, the bond requires the approval of 60 percent of voters to pass. Ballots were mailed on January 23 and need to be returned by Tuesday, February 10.

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