The Ferndale School District met for a regular meeting tonight at the Vista Middle School library. After a lengthy discussion between staff and board members, it was decided by a unanimous vote to return the recently failed bond issue proposal to the voters during a February 12, 2019 special election.
The primary aspect of the bond issue is the replacement of most of the buildings on the Ferndale High School campus.
Options considered included placing the same or different bond issue package in front of voters on February, April, May, August or November election dates. Another option mentioned was seeking a capital projects levy instead of the bond issue but that would be limited to about $10 million.
Superintendent Linda Quinn told the board members the people she had spoken with were overwhelming in favor of getting the bond in front of voters as soon as possible, “to keep the momentum going and knowing the ‘yes’ voters will be motivated to turnout and vote.”
Quinn also noted it would be impossible to arrange the required legal and financial reviews needed in time for the February ballot if a different bond issue package were to be proposed.
Noting the cost of being the only item on a special election ballot will be around $50,000, Quinn pointed said that is less than 1 year’s maintenance budget for Ferndale High School. Proponents pointed to the large maintenance budget as one of the reasons for replacing FHS buildings.