Last Call to Weigh in on Proposed North Mason Bond

North Mason School District Facilities Community Advisory Committee will discuss a proposed $50 million bond to build a new middle school and make major improvements to North Mason High School at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 71 E Campus Dr., Belfair. The school board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, same location, to consider the committee’s recommendation.
The district conducted a survey in January to help gauge public support for the bond. If the school board decides to go forward with the bond, it will likely be on the May ballot.
The survey, conducted by an independent company, didn’t specifically ask if respondents would support a bond. Instead it asked a number of questions to document public perception of issues that could bear on the success or failure of a bond.
North Mason’s last bond in May, 2006 failed to meet the required 60 percent “super majority,” with 54 percent voting yes, 46 percent, no.
Washington voters Nov. 6 approved a measure allowing for passage of school levies with a simple majority, but it does not apply to bonds.
If the bond passes, usable classrooms at Hawkins would be converted into a vo-tech center for high school level students. The bond would also cover a new cafeteria for the high school.

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