School district to kickstart projects with bond savings

Puyallup: Full-day kindergarten will be funded, implemented next fall

of the HeraldMarch 12, 2014 

The Puyallup School District’s six-year, $46 million levy was approved in February, but actual dollars for technology and capital upgrades won’t be dispersed until April 2015.

That means implementation of full-day kindergarten in the fall, plus security upgrades and work on a new all-weather surface field at Rogers High School this summer will be funded at first by remaining bond dollars from 2004.

The Rogers field is expected to be ready next fall.

“Because the bond projects from the 2004 bond election were completed on time or early, and on or under budget, remaining money plus interest will be invested,” school district spokesman Brian Fox said.

The bond was $199.5 million, and $12.8 million remains, Superintendent Tim Yeomans said. The Rogers field is estimated to cost $2.94 million Yeomans said.

The cost to fully fund kindergarten will be $2.8 million, Fox said, and it will be front-funded with remaining bond dollars to “prepare the facilities for full-day kindergarten.”

Specifically, money will go toward funding for 16 additional portables across the school district. The classrooms are needed to meet the demand of kindergarten and also projected enrollment growth. Fox said 12 of the 16 portables will be used for full-day kindergarten classrooms.

Along with work on the field at Rogers this summer, about $740,000 will be spent on security upgrades at school buildings.

Fox said the school district will begin to plan for a new all-weather surface field at Puyallup High School. Planning requires negotiations with the City of Puyallup regarding parking, he said.

Fox credited school district COO Rudy Fyles and CFO Corine Pennington for the ability to tap into unused funds from the 2004 bond.

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