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Interlocal agreement yet to be formalized

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole suggested that he and Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell sit down and talk about the interlocal agreement the two sides have with one another.

The dialogue took place during Thursday night's joint meeting between the Sunnyside City Council and the Sunnyside School Board.

Cole told members of both sides that the district has not signed the interlocal agreement, which is renewed annually, but will continue to honor in good faith until the matter is resolved.

The interlocal agreement between the city and the school district states that both sides can use one another's facilities.

Cole said that he wanted to discuss including the district being able to use the community center and the city pool in the interlocal agreement, both of which are not included in the current contract.

School board member Bill Smith expressed his concern over an issue that arose a couple of years ago where the district paid $6,000 to the city to use the pool for the girls swim team. Smith said he felt that was an unfair amount the district had to pay, considering the city has open access to all district facilities.

Mayor Ed Prilucik couldn't agree more with the suggestions of Cole at Thursday night's meeting. Prilucik wanted to even include the district being able to utilize SunnyView Park.

"I think we should have everything in there," said Prilucik.

The two sides are scheduled to sit down and iron out the details of the interlocal agreement.

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