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By Paul Archipley

Proposed school bond improves community for all, supporters say


Last updated 2/5/2020 at 11:48am

Paul Archipley

Supporters of Mukilteo schools hit the streets Saturday, urging passers-by to vote for Proposition 1, the $240 million capital bond measure on the Feb. 11 ballot. On duty at the corner of the Speedway and 5th Street are, from left, Mike Gallagher, interim director of the Sno-Isle Technical Skills Center and former Kamiak High principal; Mary Ellen Woodbury, substitute teacher and parent; Anne Crocco, Olympic View teacher and parent; and district student Tess Crocco.

While Mukilteo School District voters have always been supportive of their schools – levies virtually always pass – bond measures are never a shoo-in.

That's because bonds, such as the proposed $240 million measure before voters now, require 60% approval for passage.

The MSD board voted to place the capital bond proposal on the ballot, because the district's schools are bursting at the seams and increasingly in disrepair.

Consider: Every school in the district is overcrowded, and student population is projected to increase by 900 in the next six years. At Mariner, for example, seating f...

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