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Whitefish Voters Asked To Approve $26.5 Million School Bond

May 11, 2017

Elementary school students in Whitefish may get a new school building if voters in the district approve to fund a bond initiative next October.

The Whitefish School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the bond initiative of $26.5 million-dollars earlier this week.

If passed by voters on October 3, the bond will address the current school’s ailing heating system and aging roof by funding the construction of a new elementary school just south of the high school.

"Our elementary students deserve not only a safe place to learn but also a high quality place to learn, says Heather Davis Schmidt, the superintendent of Whitefish schools.

A task-force of school and community members spent the past 18 months assessing problems and solutions for Muldown elementary, which was built in 1966 and hasn’t seen major renovations in the past 25 years. The school is the largest elementary school in the state, with 670 students in grades K-4.

The board estimates homeowners will see a property tax increase of about $55 for every $100,000 in taxable value.