East Valley school bond fails for a fifth time


by KREM.com & Shawn Chitnis


Posted on February 13, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 7:24 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY -- Spokane Valley voters shot down a school bond which would have paid for sports, a performing arts center, and building improvements for the East Valley School District.

This is the fifth time East Valley has failed to get a bond passed by voters, and some have questioned whether the District is at-risk of going bankrupt.

Superintendant John Glenewinkel said bond would have helped his district come up to the same level as surrounding districts.

The bond that failed Tuesday would have paid for $65 million in improvements. The funding would have been distributed to each school in the district.

The last time voters approved extra funding was in 1996. Most schools have not had any improvements since 1988.

Opponents criticized the District’s desire for a new performing arts center and a new athletic field.

Glenewinkel said while he is disappointed by Tuesday’s results, he is not completely surprised. He also denies that the district will go bankrupt, but said without outside funding to help improve schools, there could be trouble finding a way to pay for needed repairs.

 "We're at a point where our facilities are really at some point going to give way," Glenewinkel said.

The district will consider furloughs, cutting programs, or charging more fees for certain school activities.