Pasco School District holds retreat to discuss future school bonds

Pasco School District holds retreat to discuss future school bonds

Members of the Pasco School District board held a retreat to discuss school bonds Tuesday evening.

According to the Assistant Superintendent of Legal Affairs Sarah Thornton, “The retreat will give the board an opportunity for open discussion about the information they have received over the last few weeks.”

Based off the community input meeting back on May 16, where many community members had a chance to share concerns about several pressing issues, the board will likely discuss some of the following topics of concern during tonight’s retreat:

-A long-term funding plan of action regarding the Pasco School District student overcrowding issue.

– Program equity, security, additional funding and teacher compensation rates.

– Implementing new programs such as: early childhood education, drug and alcohol prevention, and a new stem curriculum.

“The issue is not just passing a bond, but passing the right bond. We want to move the needle, this is about kids and educational performance. It’s not about buildings or brick and mortar and I think that’s really the important message here, ” Vice President of Educational Services, Joe Clark told our reporters at the community input meeting on May 16.

Today, “The board hopes to reach a consensus on a bond package to be approved later in June or July. To run a bond in November, the board must approve a bond resolution before August 1,” Assistant Superintendent of Legal Affairs Sarah Thornton concluded.