October 16, 1997

Cheney School Board Seeks Comments On Project Needs

Amy Scribner Staff writer
 

Cheney School Board members will hold a community forum this month to discuss several districtwide projects they’d like to see completed in the coming years.

District staff members collaborated with community committees to come up with the wish list. Superintendent Phil Snowdon said the projects would help keep Cheney schools technologically and structurally up to date, but no specific bond elections will be set until the public has had a chance to comment.

A new series of bond issues would provide $36.7 million over the next eight years to modernize the existing elementary and middle school buildings and to build a new middle school.

District officials would also like to earmark $400,000 to replace the roof and make other structural updates at Cheney Middle School.

A technology plan drawn up by a committee of staff and community members identified about $1.1 million for updated computer equipment and an additional $950,000 for network communications upgrades to be included in a bond issue or an additional capital levy.

In transportation and maintenance, the district is looking to update its bus fleet. While transportation is generally state-funded, Snowdon said four additional buses - costing $70,000 each - would bring the fleet in line with current standards.

The district currently has 40 buses.

Snowdon said the forum will provide a way for district officials to hear what the public thinks are the district’s most pressing concerns.

“These are all things I think would be beneficial to our families,” he said. “We may not be able to do them all at once, which is why we need feedback on how to prioritize them.”

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Community meeting

The Cheney School Board will hold a community forum to discuss proposed district projects at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday at Betz Elementary.

This sidebar appeared with the story: Community meeting The Cheney School Board will hold a community forum to discuss proposed district projects at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday at Betz Elementary.


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