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Sunnyside School Board mulls high school upgrade with voter-approved bond

Sunnyside School Board officials discussed the possibility of a future bond to fund modernization and the addition of square footage at Sunnyside High School, at their regularly scheduled meeting last night, Thursday.

School board directors received information on a possible $11 million and $16 million bond authorization, assuming there is a spring 2009 election. Those were figures presented last night and could change, said Community Relations Coordinator Curtis Campbell, adding that only one bond will be presented to voters.

Superintendent Rick Cole told directors it's important to note that it will replace bonds that already exist without raising taxes.

He said if school board officials choose to move forward at the regularly scheduled November meeting, the state will likely chip in $35 million to the modernization project.

"I know it's a difficult economic time," said Cole. "Passing the bond would not change the tax rate."

School board director Miguel Puente warned that in the next legislative session, state auditors are pushing to limit special elections.

Cole added, "If we wait, we may lose that opportunity to get the $35 million into Sunnyside."

Cole then asked SHS Principal Brian Hart how many portables are at the high school. He responded there are six. Added Hart, "We could use more room."

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