SPS asks voters to pass $495M school bond

(STORY IMAGE:KHQ.COM)

SPOKANE, Wash. -The $495 million schools and facilities improvement bond is the largest ever proposed. Spokane Public Schools says it will also have the largest impact in their history.

Breaking it down, it will replace Joe Albi Stadium with a multi-use facility. It will add a commons area and cafeteria to Lewis and Clark High School, something the historic school has never had. They say it will provide more space, while upgrading safety and technology across the district.

It will build three new middle schools in the Albi, Foothills and Mullan neighborhoods. The bond would also tear down and replace Sacajawea Middle School on the South Hill, Shaw Middle School in Hillyard and Glover Middle School, where we got a look inside to see why the district wants to replace it.

Overcrowding, a roof that leaks, and no air conditioning -- Glover Principal Mark Lund wants better for his students. Built in the 1950s, he says his school is at the end of its lifespan. 

Halfway into a six-year bond schedule, the district says by passing a bond now, it will ultimately save taxpayers nearly $100 million. 

The decision will now be left in the hands of the voters. If passed, the project would take six years to complete and could begin as early as next January.

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