Chimacum School Board leaning toward April bond vote following packed meeting

By Nicholas Johnson of the Leader
Posted 2/18/16

While most of Chimacum's school board members expressed support for running the district's $29.1-million bond on the April 26 ballot, the board did not officially resolve to do so during a special …

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Chimacum School Board leaning toward April bond vote following packed meeting

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While most of Chimacum's school board members expressed support for running the district's $29.1-million bond on the April 26 ballot, the board did not officially resolve to do so during a special meeting Feb. 17.

Roughly 125 people filled the Chimacum High School library Wednesday evening to weigh in on whether the district should run its bond measure in April or wait until February 2017. It would be the third time the district has floated a facility expansion measure since 2015.

Fourteen-year board member Kevin Miller said the public turnout was the greatest he's ever seen at a Chimacum School Board meeting.

“I was very impressed with everybody in the audience and the comments they made,” school board chair Cammy Brown said Feb. 18.

The district's $29.1-million bond measure failed to garner a required 60 percent voter approval in the Feb. 9 election, bringing in 57.97 percent. The district also failed to pass a similar, though more expensive, $34.8 million bond in February 2015, bringing in 51.5 percent.

Brown and board member Maggie Ejde agreed during the special meeting to meet in the next few days with specific community members who had already begun organizing a campaign for the April ballot.

Brown said Feb. 18 she and Ejde are set to meet with those community members at 9 a.m. Feb. 19 at the Jefferson County Public Library in Port Hadlock to learn about the fledgling campaign's plan for the April ballot.

Brown said she and Ejde would then report back to the full board on Feb. 21 during a previously scheduled board retreat. That retreat is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the district's administrative offices.

Brown said the board could take action on a resolution during the retreat, or wait until a regular board meeting set for 6 p.m. Feb. 24 in the high school library.

In order to put the bond measure on the April 26 ballot, the board must pass a resolution and file specific language with the Jefferson County Auditor's Office by Feb. 26.

(This story to be updated here on ptleader.com, and in our Feb. 24 edition.)

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