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Residents Surveyed On Future Of Cv, University High Schools

Central Valley School District patrons may be voting in the spring on the future of Central Valley and University high schools.

The district has surveyed nearly 600 residents to learn how much support there is for two options: remodeling both schools, or remodeling CV and building a new U-Hi at Pines and 32nd.

Results of that survey will be announced to the board on Dec. 1.

But if voters on both ends of the district want equal treatment, as has been true in the past, more support will swing to paying for remodeling on the two schools.

Board chairman Gary Hann said the board will discuss possibilities of how a bond could be configured and other related topics. Decisions on when to put a bond on the ballot and how much money to ask for are all likely by the first of the year.

Central Valley is likely to want to piggyback onto the bond issue campaigns in nearby districts. Spokane’s District 81 announced it will ask for $74 million in February; Mead School District is examining a possible bond issue in the spring.

Both Hann and CV Superintendent Wally Stanley have said the Valley’s largest school district can’t afford to fall behind neighboring districts. Mead opened its new $27 million Mt. Spokane High School, the district’s second high school, this fall. District 81 hopes to accomplish a major renovation of Lewis and Clark High School.

No hard figure is available for any bond issue in Central Valley. Remodeling both schools would cost more than $30 million, Hann said.

If the district applies for state matching money, that amount would be lower now. If the district pays for all the high school work upfront, then state matching money would be available later on for other projects.

If voters say to build a new U-Hi at the Pines/32nd site, Hann said the district would be likely to offer some of the existing U-Hi land for sale.

Homeowners in the district are paying $160 a year per $100,000 of property value on the current bond issue. Agreeing to remodel both schools would boost that rate to $200 annually. Agreeing to build a new U-Hi and remodel Central Valley would raise that rate to $210 per year.

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