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A8 or The Arlington Times Arlington ballot measures University of Portland PORTLAND -- Darrington High School graduate Clinton Vining is listed on the 1999 fall semester dean's list at the University of Port- land. Vining is a junior and major- ing in journalism. University of Washington SEATTLE -- Students from the Arlington area were named to the University of Washngton's dean's list for autumn quarter 1999. Arlington Nicolas Michael Addington, Craig Chase, Devony Evans, Beth Graczyk, Olivia Gunn, Jesse Huey, Breita Johnson, Kelly Kline, Cameron Lee, Benjamin Legler, Jeremy Mcfarland, Alisha Miller, Christofer Nickerson, Ken Schoen- trup, Matthew Steinhauer, Kezmeth Voelker, Stacy Whitman, Nice Whitt Lakewood Joel Agpaoa, Tiffany Cho, Anita Churchill, Aaron Freedman, Priscil- la Hoang, Zachery Jones, Adrienne Josue, Bianca Knitter, Amanda Maus, Matthew Mitchell, Meghan Montgomery, Trent Morse, Aron Rig, Helena Wiese, Tomi Winters Washington State University PULLMAN -- Katharine C. McColley-Hopkins of Arlington has received a $2,000 Washington State University Dean's Merit Scholarship from the college of engineering and architecture for the 1999-2000 academic year. The 1999 Arlington High School gradu- ate plans to study electrical engi- neering at WSU. She is the daugh- ter of Devon McColly-Hopkins and Warren B. Hopkins of Arlington She also received a presidential scholarship, a Lions Club scholar- ship and a band booster scholar- ship. Central Washington University ELLENSBURG --Central Wash- ington University students Eril Galli and Leif Gustafson of Arling- bY Nevpnnp_McDaniel_S .............. needed to get the school issue The Arlington Times approved. ARLINGTON -- Price options, a three-dimensional model and per- sonal attention might be the mix that will convince voters to fund a new high school ~and elementary school in Arlington. At least that is the hope of Arlington School Dis- trict officials and members of Citi- zens for Arlington Schools who have been, respecively, providing information about and campaign- ing for the bond proposals that go before voters on March 14. The pro-bond and levy group's strategy is a familiar one that includes targeting the communi- ty's already-positive voters and trying to reach those who either did not vote before or who might be swayed to their side In addition to ads and nearly 1,000 yard signs, the pro-bond committee also is distributing but- tons and ribbons to raise aware- ness on the importance of the issue, said committee co-chair Bob Campbell Citizens for Arlington Schools isn't the only group trying to get a message to voters about the March 14 vote, though. The Alternative Bond Citizens, the group proposing the district remodel and expand the current high school rather than build a new school outside of town, con- tinues to spread its own message with brochures and letters to the editor. The two groups have found lit- tle common ground in the past three years except to agree that some sort of improvements are needed. The ballot proposals On March 14, Arlington School District voters will decide on the seventh bond proposal in four years The last bond proposal, in November, which was basically the same construction plan as this After hearing what have been referred to as "sticker shock gasps" concerning November's $60 million bond proposal, the Arling- ton School Board decided to divide the construction plans this time around, offering a $54 million bond proposal that would pay for a new high school and elementary school and a $6 million bond that would pay for a high school per- forming arts center and football stadium. The second proposal can only be approved if the $54 mil- lion bond passes. State matching funds from the projects will be used to convert the current high school into a second middle school and modernize Presidents Elemen- tary School. If approved, the $54 million bond measures would cost voters $1.92 for every $1,000 of property value. For the owner of a $150,000 home, that's $288 a year for the next 20 years. The $6 million per- forming arts center and sports sta- dium would cost 25 cents for every $1,000 of property value, or $37.50 for the owner of a $150,000 home. For the first time in recent his- tory, the bond proposals will appear on the same ballot as the two-year renewal of the mainte- nance and operations levy, which will raise $4.8 million in 2001 and $5.2 million in 2002, costing tax- payers about $3.09 for every $1,000 of property value. For the owner of a $150,000 home, that's about $463.50 a year in taxes that they will continue to pay if this replacement levy is passed. The M&O levy funds 14 percent of the district's educational pro- grams, paying for teacher support, instruction material, the gifted program, athletics and transporta- tion. Basically, it pays for things not covered by the state. The school board also has committed to continue earmarking 15 cents of every dollar collected in the M&O levy to be used for improving tech- Election date March 14 Proposition #1 /Vlington Schools Educational Maintenance and Operation Levy Replacement levy for educational funding which pays for 14 percent of the educa- tional program. IS cents of each dollar is earmarked for technology. Cost: $3,09151,000 Proposition #2 S54 million construction bond It will pay for a new high school and.a new elementary school. State matching money will fund the modernization of Presi- dents Elementary School and conversion of the current high school into a second mid- dle school Cost: $1.92/$ !,000 Proposition #3 $6 million construction bond It will pay for a music and performing arts center and sports fields with spectator seat- ing at the new high school, This measure can be approved only if Propsoition #2 is approved. Cost: $.25/$1,000 notify teachers in May about whether they have jobs the next school year. M&O levies can be put on the ballot only twice in one year. In an effort to plan for the worst, the board already has decid- ed that if both the levy and bond proposals fail at the polls on March 14, a higher M&O levy will be put back on the ballot in April. The increase would help pay for steps the district would have to take to handle a longer period of overcrowding caused by the failure of the construction bond propos- als. Another reason for running the bond proposals in March is that the district's option on the pro- posed high school property runs out in April, making it necessary to get that proposal to voters as soon as possible or risk losing the opportunity to purchase the prop- erty. This is the second time the plan for a new high school on property near Gleneagle and SR9 has been put to voters. Previous plans would have built a new high school on the Boettcher property, 1.5 ton and William Ross of Darring-proposal, received 57.4 percent of nology, miles north of town. the vote falhng just 200 votes shy ton have qualified for the fall quar- ' " " ' The timing The ABC group has'opposed ter 1999 honor roll. of passing. That proposal came .......... current and past bond proposals, ('loser to passing than any of the m past years, me UlS[rlct has avotueo putting me M~zu levy an(] .......... .....i ..~ ..... !..= k..... r" "-1 most recent proposals. .. ............. stating their belief that the best, CallGlllSl / "In my mind it passed," said construction bonds on the same ,,,u~t e~uu~,,u~u v,,u,,.wuuuu u~ tu / just t, get ballot to gzve me Mazu levy more . Campbell. "We can't it vali ............ remouel the current high SChOOl llW dated, he said, referring to the 6O- play. znls year, the politics o[ ...... I . .......... szte. That proposal has so far been / putting it together with the bond ...... AUTO PARTS | percent super majority yes vote passea over oy tne ooara mere- , . . hers, WhO say mezr proposal pro- WE TURN / seemea a petter alternative than ...... .... vioes facilities solutions ior 15 to putting it on the same Dailot as ~.^ DRUMSAND / ' .'uyears. yesterday s Presidential Primary. 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The model has been part of the bond presentations made at city, school, service group and commu- nity meetings for nearly two months. Developed by the district's architect, Gary Chandler of McGranahan and Associates, the model helps show the layout of the property in relation to the school buildings and fields. Assistant Superintendent Rob l;attermann said the model was developed from a brainstorming session that included about half a dozen people, along with the architect. The model's core is a 3-foot by 4-foot aerial photograph of the proposed high school property near the Crown Ridge development off SR9, across from Eaglefield Drive. Attached to the photo is a three-dimensional wooden struc- ture that represents the new high school, with removable parts for the performing arts center and football stadium that have been separated off into a second $6 mil- lion bond proposal. In felt-board- like action, the parking area, fields and stadium can be moved around to show opportunities and chal- lenges with the layout of the prop- erty. Pattermarm said the district has enough of the parts to have three of the models in use at once. Any- one interested in receiving a pre- sentation on the bond proposal, including the model, is asked to call the district at 360.435.2156. One of the model's first appear- ances was at an ber of Commerce t 18. That was that Bob zens for the opportunity to He did so with ficulty, as the a tendency to fall soon as his The parts were at later presenl new dou mann said. At a .joint Arlington Arlington City of January, the round of Arlington Craig Hedlund a model of the school at every ed since the diSl committee held variety of facilities( 1999. "l don't care choose, you people to look time. He went so far would personally posal to 500 a model. Hedlund could for comment fulfilled his part Even so, model has been "It provides a what is being get more ing a lc For or levy, call the bond questi 360.435.1339 trict's website Schools don't get a from the tax man, II Voters will get t~ ou, in statements statements in time Snohon~sh the second for March 14 election timing school levy nt _b~KayBro_oks ................."We are ry The Arlington Times as quickly as i~ hi Usually th SNOHOMISH COUNTY -- Prop- ruary and scla0 erty tax statements will be mailed often held in Feb! later than usual this year. That is Dantini said t the word from Snohomish County ers know and ~1 Treasurer Bob Dantini. portion of theft, "We have initiated a new systemgoes to the sct ', in the Treasurer s Office,' said does not think Ii Dantini. "It has taken more time ing of tax state and testing to make sure that the the outcome of st system doesn't bomb." 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