Kodiak Island Borough Assembly appears to be ready to let voters decide if the
community should have a new high school, estimated to cost 115-million dollars.
assembly last night (Thursday) held a special meeting at which they passed the
first reading of an ordinance authorizing the borough to issue up to 115
million 300 thousand dollars in general obligation bonds. Assembly members were
concerned with the language of the ordinance, and with how it would be
presented to voters before the October 7th municipal election. Assemblyman Tom
Abell said he supports the measure, but cautioned that anytime you talk about
raising taxes it causes alarm bells to go off for some people.
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voters ultimately approve the bond ordinance, the borough could recoup 60 to 70
percent of construction costs from the State of Alaska as part of a bond
reimbursement program for new school construction. Kodiak schools’ Superintendent
Stewart McDonald was at the meeting, and said the district is working on
informational handouts that would educate voters about the benefits of building
a new high school, and that the bond reimbursement will be part of those
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of the plan is also to re-use the commons area of the current high school,
which is currently undergoing a seismic retrofit, as new office space for the
borough, city and school district.
ordinance now moves forward to a second reading and public hearing at next
Thursday’s regularly scheduled assembly meeting.