Ridgefield voters will be asked to decide on Proposition 7 on Feb. 8, 2022
Ridgefield School District’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to put a bond before voters that, if passed, would fund the construction of a new elementary school, help alleviate overcrowding, and provide additional classroom space for career and technical education (CTE) programs at Ridgefield High School. The bond will be listed as Proposition 7 on the February 8, 2022 special election ballot and requires approval by a 60 percent supermajority to pass.
If approved, the $62.565 million bond would fund the construction of a new 75,000 square foot K-4 elementary school that would open as a K-6 school to help alleviate overcrowding at the district’s existing elementary and intermediate schools. The bond would also fund an 18,000 square foot expansion at Ridgefield High School, featuring a new metal shop and classroom, eight general education classrooms, and space designated for future career and technical education (CTE) classrooms.
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What's in the bond package?
"New Ridge" Elementary School would be located at 7025 North 10th Street in Ridgefield
The new elementary school would be on track to open in the Fall of 2023
A New K-4 Elementary School
A new 75,000 square foot K-4 Elementary School that will open as a K-6 school to help alleviate overcrowding at the district's other elementary and intermediate schools
Includes an 8-plex classroom building, providing much-needed additional instructional space that is more permanent than using portable classroom buildings
The district already owns the land, and the site is permitted and ready to begin construction, and if approved by voters, the new school would open in the Fall of 2023.
Go on a virtual tour of the new elementary school in the below video:
The area highlighted in orange is where the new building would be developed
An expansion at RHS
An 18,000 square foot expansion at Ridgefield High School
Features a new metal shop and classroom
8 general education classrooms
Space designated for future Career and Technical Education (CTE) classrooms
Planning and designs for future projects
As Ridgefield's population continues to grow, so too will the need for more classroom space
In anticipation of future growth, the Ridgefield School District will continue planning for the needs of its current and future students
Ridgefield continues its rapid growth
Based on 2020 Census data, Ridgefield saw the highest growth rate by far among cities in Clark County
From 2010 to 2020, the city population more than doubled from 4,763 residents to 10,319
That’s a 116.6 percent increase
Total district population is now 21,369 residents
Three times in the past decade, Ridgefield has been tabbed as the state’s fastest-growing city according to the Washington State Office of Financial Management
Current enrollment is at 3,747 students, an all-time high for Ridgefield School District
*Average elementary school enrollments
Ridgefield has the 2nd-lowest school tax rates in Clark County
Financial Impact of the bond
If voters approve the bond, collections would begin in 2023 with a projected rate of $3.44 per $1,000 in assessed home values, representing a projected rate increase of $0.25 compared to 2021 rates.
With a median home value in Ridgefield of $562,000, the projected cost per year of this $0.25 increase for funding these projects would be $140.50 per household per year, or $11.71 per month.
Frequently Asked Questions
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