The Lopez Island School District Board of Directors, its Superintendent and staff, and its students have reason to celebrate. Although not officially certified, the bond election of February 19 appears to have been very successful for the district. With unofficial positive votes hovering near 75 percent, district officials are announcing victory.
“Once again, the Center, Decatur and Lopez communities have shown their support for the young people of the islands and their public schools!” stated Superintendent Bill Evans. “The children of this community are well served by the strong support for quality education by the voters and taxpayers of this community,” he said.
The $1.6 million capital projects bond that appears to have passed handily will be used for several capital projects at the school district, including the construction of a large irrigation pond and storm-water retention system, a new campus-wide roof, an energy-efficient campus-wide heating and air circulation system, and new and updated technology. The district will also be restoring its running track, seeking to supplement the current potable water supply with a new well, constructing a covered play shed for the elementary, and adding new elementary playground equipment. An exact schedule of development has not been firmed up yet, but district officials say work will begin as soon as possible after the bonds have been sold, possibly as soon as this spring. The Seattle-based financial and bond company of Seattle NW Securities has been assisting the district in the planning of this capital projects bond and will be entrusted with the sales of the project bonds.
“It is an exciting time for us,” said Evans, “and we are so very appreciative of the support shown by the approval of this bond project. This is a terrific community!”