Don Fike, head groundskeeper for South Kitsap School District, stood outside Orchard Heights Elementary School pointing to the brick wall of a wing that is part of the original school, built in 1945."I used to play kickball against that wall," Fike, 57, said.Yes, there's a coal chute in the basement of the school, he and other maintenance staffers confirmed.
"But for a building of this age, we're doing pretty well," Christenberry said."Part of it is just that staff really goes with the flow."The HVAC system is a mix of various equipment.Its boilers are either in constant need of repair or have been abandoned, according to a facilities report.The district, as in previous bond attempts, will be bucking a contingent opposed to tax increases.The 21-year bond would raise property tax rates an estimated $1.56 per $1,000 of assessed value."There were people in outlying areas who wanted to know, 'What's in it for my kid?
'"Indeed, complaints about previous bonds for a second high school included the perception that is would benefit a select few.
"The biggest problem in all of them is electrical service," Riley said, adding that capacity limits curb technology upgrades in some schools. 14 bond proposal would provide system upgrades and improvements at all existing schools, as well as funding for a second high school.
The cost of the bond, $172.6 million, is higher than the $127 million the district asked for in 2016.
The pool is eligible for an estimated $2 million in state matching funds.
Work planned at schools includes replacing aging playground equipment, expanding parking lots and improving traffic flow, new exterior lighting, security improvements at school entrances, electrical upgrades, HVAC renovation or replacement and fire system upgrades."We heard loud and clear that people wanted something for every school," district spokeswoman Amy Miller said.
Other vintage schools in South Kitsap are Olalla Elementary, the original part of which was built in 1954, and South Colby Elementary, whose original structure dates to 1956.