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News Release
Sunnyside School District Board of Directors Recommends Bond Measure for April 2018 - 01/26/18

After an eighteen-month period of research and study that included community input from public forums, parents nights, online engagement through ThoughtExchange, and the work of the Community Facilities Advisory Committee, the Sunnyside School District Board of Directors has recommended the placement of an $18 million bond proposal on the April 24, 2018, special election ballot. If approved, the bond will fund three construction projects that have been identified as the top priorities to address increased enrollment in the district.

Project One: A two-story learning structure and Sunnyside High School that includes traditional classroom space, multi-purpose laboratory space, group-learning space with flexible seating, bathrooms, and an elevator. Additional parking space will be added to accommodate staff and student parking.

Project Two: Increase space near the Sunnyside High School auditorium to accommodate a performing arts classroom along with storage space.

Project Three: Relocate and combine the district's main football and soccer field with the track and field area for one multi-sport facility on property east of the high school campus currently owned by the school district. The facility will include locker rooms, seating for home and visitor spectators, and ticket booth, concession, and storage space.

If approved, the bond package would also provide the school district with $6.5 million in state matching funds.

"We have studied the enrollment numbers, analyzed building cost estimates, and worked with the stakeholders to ensure what we are proposing is a responsible request of our community," says Superintendent Kevin McKay. "Our goal is always 'what is best for kids,' and these three projects, if approved, will support generations of students in this community for years to come."

Background

Sunnyside High School has a current enrollment of 1,977 students. In the coming years, the largest class sizes, the current third through sixth-grade classes, will be entering the high school driving the numbers higher than 2,200 in a building built to accommodate 1,850. Additionally, Sunnyside High School, Harrison Middle School, and Sierra Vista Middle School have seen a continuous increase in students participating in extracurricular activities.

Adding space to the performing arts area increases the school's ability to provide quality learning opportunities to the increased number of students participating in the fine arts programs. Updating the outdoor athletic facility increases the space available for practice fields and community sports leagues. The project will also bring the facilities up to standard with other districts both locally and across the region.

More information about the bond, including estimated tax rate information, project timelines, and conceptual drawings can be found at www.sunnysideschools.org/bond2018. Questions, comments, and concerns can be emailed to feedback@sunnysideschools.org or by calling the Superintendent's Office at 509-836-8700.