The Astoria School District is inviting the public to tour schools and provide input next week as the school board decides whether to go out for a new school improvement bond.
The tour starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Astoria High School. Attendees will then ride a school bus to tour John Jacob Astor Elementary School and Astoria Middle School.
The district will hold a community meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the middle school to gather public input on the district’s facilities needs. Representatives from BLRB Architects, the firm helping the district assess facilities, will provide a short report, lead a discussion and tour the middle school. Dinner and child care will be provided, and information will be in English and Spanish.
The school district received grants from the state Department of Education to evaluate facilities and seismic needs as part of a long-range plan.
Astoria schools last passed $21.4 million in bonds in 2000.
“Our school facilities are an integral piece of student learning,” Astoria Superintendent Craig Hoppes said in a release about school tours. “It is vital that the district receives community input as we review the district’s current needs.”