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Rally for the bond

Citizens for East Valley, the campaign for the East Valley School District Construction Bond, will hold a rally at the corner of Harvard Road and Wellesley Ave. in Otis Orchards today from 3:45 to 6 p.m.

The campaign is hoping residents vote in favor of a $33.75 milllion school construction bond which will renovate and expand Trentwood, East Farms, Otis Orchards, Skyview and Trent elementary schools. It would add 40 new classrooms, four new gyms and a middle-level enrichement center, and the buildings would receive a technology upgrade. Mountain View Middle School would be closed.

Property owners can expect to see an increase of 86 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, which would increase East Valley's total levy and bond tax to $4.39 per $1,000.

The district expects $32.5 million in matching funds from the state.

Voters must return their ballots by April 26. the bond needs a supermajority of 60 percent to pass.

Members of the campaign will be at the rally with architectural renderings of what each school could look like after the construction.