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Growth at CVSD

Central Valley School District has grown by 60 percent in some areas over the past few years. And this growth is not projected to slow down. As a parent and voting citizen in the CVSD area I am incredibly grateful for the thoughtful, transparent and patient planning of this school district. In 2015 we as taxpayers trusted CVSD when we voted “yes” for the first time in 14 years. They did what they said they were going to do — and more! Because of their outstanding financial stewardship and follow-through on their commitments I am voting “yes” again on February 13.

Now is the time for a third comprehensive high school to be built in CVSD. This has been 34 years in the making. The district has been forward thinking and exhausted all options including renovating two old and vacant grocery stores to adapt to learning centers. Our two high schools currently house 4,200 students and capacity is 3,200. Projected enrollment by 2021 will be 4,492.

The old argument is, why didn’t CVSD just build bigger high schools? Back in 1996 and again today, the state of Washington matches bond funds for schools at a capacity of 1,500 students. A new high school can be built, a 37-year-old middle school can be renovated and an additional new middle school can be constructed — all without raising the tax rate of our citizens. Be informed and know the facts. Visit or

Marty Dickinson, CVSD parent and voting citizen



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