George Griffin chairs the school board and he publishes a newsletter about the agenda items and decisions at each meeting. (It’s worth a subscription if, like us, you’re into the deep inner workings of the public school system. You can find other electeds with newsletters in our guide on this topic.)

He just put out a new edition of his newsletter about the school bond and where we are in the process because rumors are flying. Some highlights:

  • Is this plan final and a done deal with no adjustments possible? NO. First things first – The full school board will review the current proposal on June 6, 2024. Due to the number of questions already raised in the community, and also among board members, one anticipated meeting outcome is that district staff will suggest presenting some alternative plans for consideration at a future board meeting (likely beginning on June 20, 2024, but no guarantees.)
  • Can the board consider additional alternatives to this plan? YES. See question above.
  • When does all this take effect? If the bond is approved in November, the construction of any new school would not begin before FY 2027. So we’re talking at least two-three years out. The other schools would follow, so we’re still years out from now.

This aligns with what we published last week on the concerns that are being surfaced. We recommend reading the entire newsletter and then listening to the school board discussion this Thursday. We will be.

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