Ralston school board poised to ask voters for major bond issue

One of the metro’s smaller school districts is poised to ask voters for a big pay-out. 

Ralston, with just over 3,300 hundred students, is looking at a $94 million bond issue.

If approved the district’s taxpayers would be shelling out an additional $200 a year on a $200,000 dollar home, according to a spokesman for Ralston.

Fix-ups would go to the high school, middle school, and five of the six elementary schools; the sixth, Mockingbird Elementary built in 1964 would be replaced with a new building erected alongside the current site at a cost of $21 million.

According to the district’s website, “The goal of the Board of Education and District is to make enhancements at every school that create exceptional learning environments and areas for extracurricular activities for all students that would lead to outstanding opportunities beyond high school.” 

Among other changes, most schools would get security upgrades and greater energy efficiency.

The high school gets the largest part of the money, $33 million— and that includes new baseball and softball fields, a health clinic and a new football grandstand and press box.

Ralston’s last school bond issue was in 2001— a $26 million high school only measure—which was approved by the voters.

The school board is expected to decide if the bond issue is a go at its Monday meeting, with a possible vote by mail in October.