Ridgefield school board OKs $47M bond issue

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Here is a news release from Ridgefield Public Schools:

RIDGEFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES $47M BOND PROPOSAL

Posted: December 5th, 2011 10:28 PM

Monday, December 5, 2011-Ridgefield, WA-The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors voted to approve a bond resolution to pay for new classrooms and traffic flow improvements at all four of the district's schools in a regular board meeting on Tuesday, November 22, 2011.

The bond includes new classrooms and student support to accommodate current and predicted future growth in the district. In addition, parking areas and routes used for buses and parents to drop off and pick up students will be redesigned to improve traffic flow, increase traffic safety, and add additional parking. "Every student from grades K-12 will feel the positive effects of these improvements," said Superintendent Art Edgerly.

Community events initiated and organized by the school board and community members over the past three years included stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and symposiums. "Community involvement was instrumental in determining which elements were prioritized in the proposal," said Edgerly. "The community came together and worked with the board of directors to help guide the projects and goals for this proposal."

The district will ask voters to approve the $47 million bond in a February 2012 election. When approved, the process will begin immediately with planning taking approximately one year.

The project proposal is available on the district's website, www.ridge.k12.wa.us.