New bond measure for Kennewick Schools

New bond measure for Kennewick Schools »Play Video
KENNEWICK, Wash. - The school year hasn't even started, and campuses across Kennewick are already full. The district is just finishing the final projects paid for by a bond passed five years ago.

Construction on a new Eastgate Elementary school is slightly ahead of schedule. Still, students will spend the current school year at the Fruitland building.

The growth predicted five years ago, isn't really close to the reality of student population today.

Parent Kaili McKay "These little guys aren't crammed like sardines later and we're not dealing with this problem later, we can prevent it."

That's KSD's plan. They've come up with a new bond measure to put on ballot.
It could be worth nearly 100 million.

The cost to average homeowners would be about five dollars more a month than what you're paying now. It would cover a list of five projects aimed at reducing classroom sizes.

To give you an idea of how packed and overcrowded the Kennewick schools are, the district will be using 119 portables across all campuses this school year, including 11 at Westgate Elementary.

Plans call for a complete rebuild of Westgate and Desert Hills Middle School.
A brand new middle school will go up near Clodfelter Road. Two new elementary schools will be built. One is expected by Southridge High School, the other location hasn't been determined.

Kalli said, "The increase in taxes isn't exciting and by all means, you know, when you have a young family you're budgeting, but as a community and seeing how much it's growing I think the investment is probably worth it."

It's an investment the district hopes you'll commit to.

The district has until this November to file the measure to make next February's ballot.