Seaside School District voters said a resounding “yes” Tuesday to a $99.7 million bond to move three schools out of the tsunami inundation zone.
In a 65 percent to 35 percent vote, residents endorsed the plan to replace deteriorating schools at an 80-acre location in the city’s East Hills adjacent to Seaside Heights Elementary School.
“This victory belongs to our community which had the foresight to see how important high quality schools are to the future of everyone who lives in the Seaside School District,” Superintendent-emeritus Doug Dougherty said. “New schools benefit the entire community, strengthen our economy and, in this case, provide a safe place for all in an emergency. From retirees to those just starting out, employees to business owners, children and families; education touches everyone and strengthens the fiber and opportunity of our community.”
The bond came three years after a failed $128.8 million dollar plan. The scaled-back proposal eliminated an auditorium, covered bleachers, long-term emergency shelters and a varsity playing field. The new bond equates to about $1.35 per thousand, a 37.5 percent total reduction in cost from the previous bond. A home with an assessed value of $200,000 would see a tax hike of about $270 and a $400,000 home about $540.
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