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School board president Lon Garrison said the district did not take Tuesday’s vote for granted.
“You know we had some concern that the tough economic times that we’re in that people might be a little bit more reticent to support those issues. But it’s great to see that they thought about it and they figured the best thing to do was to support schools, and I’m really encouraged to see that.”
Prop 5 will use the city’s existing one-percent bump in sales tax during the summer season to contribute nearly a third of the $3-million dollars needed to rehabilitate Pacific High. The state has promised to chip in the other $2-million.
Likewise, the state will pay the lion’s share of the repair work at Blatchley Middle School. Props 3 and 4 authorized a total of $5.6 million dollars in bonds to fix the mechanical and electrical systems in the building, and refurbish the floors, doors, and windows. The Department of Education will reimburse Sitka for 70-percent of the costs.
Lon Garrison ran unopposed Tuesday to return to his seat on the school board. He was the top vote-getter of the night, and gratified by the support.
“You know I’ve found that this has become a passion for me, working on school issues as part of the school board, and becoming more involved with statewide school board issues. I’m just real interested in maintaining the quality of education that we have here in Sitka.”
Garrison said work would likely begin on the Blatchley projects next summer. The timeline for the Pacific High projects still required more planning.
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