KALISPELL, Mont. - A Whitefish School District task force is recommending the district ask property owners for a $26.5 million bond for a new school.
We asked community members what they thought about that potential ask.
Whitefish resident Keri Keim cringed when she heard the price tag and said, "Probably no," when we asked if she would vote for the bond.
Dylan Boyle said, "I can't think of a better way to spend money than on education, so yes, I'd be willing to pay more."
Don Spivey just can't decide. "No, I don't know. I have to read the options more carefully," Spivey said.
Here are the three options:
- A $9.1 million option that would cover the remediation at the current Muldown Elementary buildling.
- A $21 million option that would expand and upgrade the school.
- A $26.5 million option that is being recommended by Muldown Elementary Principal Linda Whitright and the school task force for a brand new school.
Muldown Elementary School is currently the largest elementary school in the state, with over 660 students.
"I know it sounds expensive, but it was the most fiscally sound," Whitright said.
According to Realtor.com, the median listing price in Whitefish is $322,000, that's adds up to an extra $180 dollars per year in property taxes.
Whitwright says 15 to 20 of the school's rooms are improperly heated due to a dated boiler, and they're using garbage cans and hoses to catch water from the roof leaking.
Whitright says, most importantly, "We've got to have more room to be able to put our kids."
If the county asks for a bond she says it will be on a ballot in October.
Click here to see a matrix the school district task force came up with to grade and evaluate each of the potential options.