Generous voters mightily rewarded area school districts Tuesday, approving several levies and – in the case of the Central Valley School District – agreeing to a $130 million bond to build a new high school, middle school and to renovate several other buildings.
Central Valley votes topped nearly 70 percent on election night for Proposition, easily clearing the necessary 60-percent supermajority required for passage.
The voter-affirmation means work can start on a new high school to be located near 16th Avenue and Henry Road in the summer of 2019. A new middle school in the Liberty Lake area will also be constructed.
Horizon Middle School will see renovation work done, while upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems will be made at Broadway, Progress and University elementary schools along with the Summit School.
Central Valley has owned the land for the new high school, which has yet to be named, for decades.
CVSD voters also approved a levy rate of $1.50 $1,000 assessed property value at close to 70 percent. Only a simple-majority vote was needed for the levy’s passage.
West Valley also saw huge support for its levy with 69 percent saying yes to the three-year $1.50 rate. A three-year capital levy was also supported, which will add $1 per $1,000 in property value and will replace an existing capital levy.
Finally, over 64 percent of Freeman voters also supported its school levy while also saying yes to a capital levy of $1.25 per $1,000 in assessed property value. The funds will be used to pay for safety, technology and infrastructure improvements. A new roof will also be constructed for the middle school.