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School districts craft bond plans

A group of citizens pondering a possible bond measure for a new Vale middle school has hit upon a new question: where to build it.

The latest wrinkle under consideration calls for siting the new project on district-owned land behind the existing high school.

Some on the task force were drawn to the idea of shared instructors and facilities, while keeping the middle and high school age groups separate. Also a plus: possible lower costs associated with the facility there, and the availability of space for expansion in the future.

The discussion comes as the district and its supporters consider taking a bond measure to the voters. Passage of a measure would make the district eligible for up to $4 million of matching state money.

The district’s current bond is set to be retired this year. A . . .