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Senate OKs Sen. Schoesler bill

Measure helps schools address maintenance

OLYMPIA — The Senate on Friday, March 3, unanimously approved a measure introduced by 9th District Sen. Mark Schoesler that aims to help school districts address maintenance needs.

Senate Bill 5403 passed 48-0.

The bill would allow school districts to create a “depreciation subfund” that can receive a transfer of up to 2% of a district’s general fund each fiscal year.

“This bill provides another way for school districts to handle building- or facility-maintenance needs,” said Schoesler, R-Ritzville, who represents the 9th Legislative District, which includes eastern Franklin County. "Sometimes it can be better for a school district to pay cash for a building repair or to set aside money for emergencies when they arise.

“Establishing this subfund, which is voluntary, is a way to help students learn in a healthy environment since school buildings would be in better condition."

Senate Bill will be sent to the House Education Committee for further consideration.


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