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Board plans levy discussion tomorrow

Mabton takes next steps after voter approval

— With voters approving a levy last month, the School Board is meeting with an architect tomorrow on a future capital project.

A simple majority was needed for passage, and voters provided it in approving a $2.5 million levy in the Nov. 8 general election.

During a study session tomorrow, board members will meet with Spokane-based ALSC Architects to review necessary capital improvements and related funding.

With voter approval in hand, the district will kick in another $1 million in reserves.

Plans call for addressing elementary school class sizes that violate a state initiative and replace an outdated air ventilation system.

Big ticket items include Artz-Fox Elementary School’s heating, cooling and ventilation system; and additional classrooms..

The air handling system is nearly 30 years old and doesn’t work well, Finance Director Gina Grow has said.

Maintenance staff currently cobbles together homemade parts for it.

The addition would house three new classrooms.

District officials said the school currently does not have enough space for students in kindergarten through third-grade to meet requirements of Initiative 1351, which requires a smaller teacher-to-student ratio.

Levy funds will also pay for improvements to an existing building at the junior/senior high school. The building is used for agriculture woodshop and welding classes.

A construction timeline has yet to be set.

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