Yes! Bremerton School bond passes

It looks as though Bremerton School District will look a little different in about two years as voters Tuesday, May 17 approved a $30.6 million construction bond.

“This is a positive outcome,” said DeWayne Boyd, president of the Bremerton School Board.

“It allows us to eliminate places where we were losing momentum in student achievement,” he said Wednesday.

Although not a landslide, the measure passed with about 62 percent of the 8,300 voters supporting it, according to the Kitsap County elections Web site. A super majority, or at least 60 percent of the voters must approve of the measure for it to to pass.

A construction levy in Central Kitsap School District and a technology levy in the Bainbridge Island School District failed.

“The voters are saying ‘We like what we’re seeing in the revitalization, please keep moving forward,’” said Bette Hyde. superintendent for Bremerton Schools.

The bond money essentially reshapes the district into a 6-8 grade middle school and a 9-12 grade high school configuration. School District officials said this eliminates transitions for students and allows the district to offer more classes to the freshmen. The bond also improves athletic facilities, technology and demolishes the district’s older buildings.

The largest project and most expensive is the changes to Mountain View Middle School at a cost of $15.1 million. Construction for a 40,000-45,000 square foot, free-standing addition to the middle school is slated to begin May 2006. The two-story structure will match the architecture of the middle school and be connected to the main building by a covered walkway.

The $12.3 million project, to be located at the current Olympic View Elementary site, could be converted to an elementary school if the population of elementary school aged students increases. Olympic View, which was closed last year, will be demolished along with the consolidated maintenance facility and part of Bremerton Junior High.

A new gym will be added to the current Mountain View Middle School for about $2.8 million.

Bremerton High School will gain about 38,000 square feet and about 400 students. at an estimated cost of $10.2 million.

The two-story addition will be located at the back side of Bremerton High School and it would have 10-14 classrooms, a commons area and a physical education area.

The additions to both schools are scheduled to open September 2007.

When the 50-year-junior high building is vacated, part of it will be demolished to make way for athletic fields officials envision as the Bremerton High School Athletic Complex with soccer, baseball and softball fields. The gym and gym addition would remain untouched. Demolition of Olympic View, sections of Bremerton Junior High and the maintenance building would cost about $1.5 million.

Among the minor projects are technology improvements districtwide for about $1.4 million. The Bremerton High School track will be upgraded for about $150,000 while $800,000 would be spent on ventilation upgrades.

Improvement projects, such as painting

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