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Ridgefield schools to seek $66.79 million bond

By , Columbian staff writer

Ridgefield School District’s Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to put a bond on February’s ballot that would fund the construction of a new elementary school and expand the high school.

The $66.79 million bond request requires approval by a 60 percent supermajority in order to pass.

Ridgefield residents are currently paying $3.19 per $1,000 of assessed value; the new bond would increase that to $3.51 per $1,000 of assessed value beginning in 2023. That’s an additional $160 per year on a home assessed at $500,000.

If approved, the bond proceeds would build a 75,000-square-foot K-4 elementary school to alleviate overcrowding. The elementary school would open as a K-6 school to ease the transition between grades as the district grapples with a rapid population boom. The site — 7025 N. 10th St. — is ready to begin construction and the school could be open in fall of 2023.

The bond would also fund an 18,000-square-foot expansion to Ridgefield High School to provide additional classrooms and space in the Career and Technical Education program.

The latest census data revealed that Ridgefield more than doubled in size over the last decade, from 4,763 residents in 2010 to 10,319 in 2020.

“If our schools are going to remain one of Ridgefield’s greatest assets, then the community needs to come together to support this bond,” said Ridgefield School Board President Joe Vance.

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