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Nine Mile Falls not giving up after bond fails

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Voters last night almost overwhelmingly approved their district's tax proposals, but in Nine Mile Falls, the bond proposition failed. Still, officials say they're not going back to the drawing board.

Superintendent Brian Talbott says officials know what they want to get out of the bond, and it's just a matter of time before they ask the community to support the bond again.

The bond would have helped pay for building improvements to Lakeside High School.

The building is in the shape of an eagle, which officials say is not functional for classrooms or for safety.

Hallway walls are built in a zig zag, creating a very narrow line of sight to see who's walking through the school. Also, teachers often take their classes to the hall because the classrooms are too small.

Officials also wanted to add another gym so teams wouldn't have to compete for space or practice at other schools.

Talbott says all is not lost, but they'll need some time to consider their options.

"We don't know exactly what we're going to do, but the dysfunction of this building doesn't go away. So the question is not if we're going to do it, but when we're going to do it, and when do we get enough support from the community to make sure that we're able to provide a better system, school system for our kids here," said Talbott.

One option officials are considering is putting the bond up for a second vote on April 28.

They're also considering giving tours to the community so people can see for themselves why the high school wants a better building.

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