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11/21/2013 11:15:00 PM
Voters say 'yes' to Entiat school improvements
Amber Schlenker
Assistant Editor

This past February the Entiat School District ran a bond proposition with a price tag of $7.95 million.
Following its narrow defeat, the facilities committee worked with a new architect to develop a better, less expensive plan.
That plan, including a new cafeteria, new classrooms, modernization of the elementary wing, relocating the kitchen and changing the administration entrance all at the price tag of $5.6 million, was approved by voters during this year's General Election, Nov. 5.
School district staff says the new plan, which saves the district and ultimately tax payers more than $2 million from the previous proposal, will help to improve access and safety for students and others. New classrooms will also be added to the second floor. The elementary wing of the school will be modernized, creating additional space for classrooms and storage to handle a growing student population, according to Entiat Schools Superintendent Dr. Ismael Vivanco.
Entiat School District proposed a $5.6 million, 20-year construction bond. The projected cost to taxpayers will be around $1.79 per $1,000. This is $0.61 more than the current bond rate of $1.18. The current bond expires in December 2013.
During the 2013 General Election, 64.66 percent of Entiat voters (463 residents) approved the bond, while 35.34 percent (253) said no to the measure.

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