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Washington Middle School faces future changes - of some sort

The Washington School District is reasearching the future of the middle school building. (Caitlin Yamada/ The Union)
The Washington School District is reasearching the future of the middle school building. (Caitlin Yamada/ The Union)

WASHINGTON - The fate of the Washington Middle School building is currently unknown.

Will it be remodeled and repaired?

Will a new middle school be built?

Superintendent Willie Stone said the building is in poor condition and something will have to be done in the near future.

At the moment, the school administration is collecting information for a variety of different solutions to the problem.

Stone said once they have collected information regarding costs and plans, the administration will reach out to the community for comments.

Two of the possible solutions are repairing the current building or building a new one.

“There’s positives and negatives to both of those,” Stone said.

Stone said cost and what is best for the kids will be the two biggest deciding factors.

The one guaranteed aspect of the project is having to pass a bond issue, Stone said.

A bond issue is when the school places a question before the voters, asking them to approve or deny the building project.

Stone said they wanted to start presenting information to the community last spring or this fall, but the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to the plan.

He said it is a conversation he hopes to have in person.

Community members have already been providing ideas. Stone said he has heard support for both ideas.