September 27, 2013 at 9:46 AM
Mercer Island schools to ask voters for construction levy
The Mercer Island School Board will ask voters in February to pass a $98.8 million bond to build a new elementary school and improve other buildings to ease overcrowding.
The board voted unanimously Thursday to approve the bond for the Feb. 11 special election, according to the district.
More than 60 percent of voters rejected the district’s request for a $196.3 million bond in April 2012. The money would have paid to rebuild the school district’s three elementary schools and its middle school, and upgrade its high school.
The new plan is more conservative. The district wants to build one new elementary school at the North Mercer campus, add classrooms and lab spaces, commons and cafeteria, gym, music rooms and administrative space to Islander Middle School, and build 10 more classrooms at Mercer Island High School.
The state would contribute an additional $3.8 million in matching funds, according to the district.
Voters should receive ballots for the mail election sometime in late January or early February.
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