Ballot Proposition 1: ASD new roofs, heating systems and upgrades for earthquake safety

Published: Mar. 30, 2017 at 2:30 PM AKDT
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The Anchorage School District has a $58.5 million dollar bond on Tuesday's ballot.

It pays for eight new roofs, three heating and ventilation systems as well as updates to improve building safety for earthquakes.

Here's the breakdown, according to the district's website:

Roof replacements: $27.3 million

• King Career Center

• Muldoon Elementary

• Northwood ABC Elementary

• Nunaka Valley Elementary

• Rogers Park Elementary

• Student Nutrition facility

• West High

• Willow Crest Elementary

Heating and ventilation replacements: $24.4 million

• Rogers Park Elementary

• Willow Crest Elementary

• West High

West High and Romig Middle library and counseling improvements: $6.8 million

• Structural and seismic improvements

• Reconfiguration and addition of space to eliminate relocatable classrooms

• Counseling offices will be relocated to main office

According to ASD, the impact to taxpayers is $11.67 per $100,000 of property value.

On Thursday morning, Principal Rick Stone walked through the library and showed a reporter where the roof was leaking. Water dripped into a trash can as he talked about the bond proposal.

"Don't get me wrong, it's safe for kids," Stone said. "But it's not where we want it to be for kids if we have any more major earthquakes."

The school's gym had to be shut down after last year's 7.1 earthquake caused portions of the roof to shift. It also damaged parts of the library, which both Romig Middle and West High share.

"It takes a community to support education," said Mike Nero, senior director for capitol planning and construction of ASD. "And it's difficult, when the state withdrew its support for bond reimbursement. But the obligation, and the necessity, is still there."