Local school districts want to spend millions on new facilities

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- Three school districts in Yakima County want to spend millions on new facilities. But, they need you to say yes on the ballot.

Better roofs, ceilings and windows are some of the things a recent evaluation of Washington Elementary School found it desperately needs.

"Structures in there were what they considered to be in poor condition," said Sunnyside School District Spokesperson Curtis Campbell. "There were two systems that were marked as unsatisfactory which is much worse than poor."

Administrators in the Sunnyside School District propose a $10 million bond to change that. Some of the money would build a new facility for Washington.

"It needs to be improved so that the building can keep pace with safety and security, but also with technology so students are better able to use the resources available to them," said parent Tom Dekker.

There would also be money to expand parking at Outlook Elementary, replace the high school's track and add security systems at several schools.

Sunnyside's not alone. The Naches School District also plans to build a new elementary school with a $22.8 million bond. The district wants to improve the middle and high schools. Things like building stadium seating, better science rooms at the high school and more security would be part of it.

There's another bond measure on the ballot for the Highland School District. Administrators there want to build a new agriculture, and career and technical education building.

They also want to renovate Marcus Whitman Elementary, Tieton Intermediate and Highland High School. That includes upgrades to technology and security. Voters there are being asked to approve an $8.5 million bond.

Sunnyside's would cost the average homeowner $180 for every $100,000 a home is worth. Highland's would be about $171 for the same standard and $194 for the Naches bond. All three bonds will be on the February ballot.