The communities that comprise the Neah-Kah-Nie School District have a long history of strong support for their local schools. In 2004, the school district voters passed a $16.5 million dollar bond to build a middle school and renovate Garibaldi Grade School, Nehalem Elementary, and Neah-Kah-Nie High School. In 2012, the district refinanced $8,800,000 of these bonds in order to reduce the bond’s interest rate. This refinancing will save the school district taxpayers approximately $838,000 over the remaining life of the construction bonds. The General Obligation Construction Bonds will be paid off in 2025.
The Construction Excise Tax was established in 2008. Approximately $500,000 has been collected from this tax on new residential and commercial construction. This revenue has been used to fund capital improvement projects to district facilities including energy upgrades, roof replacements, and renovations, including the community track and field renovation that will begin spring, 2017.
The Neah-Kah-Nie School Board of Directors recently approved the renovation of the community track and field located at Neah-Kah-Nie High School. The $1.7 million renovation will also include replacing the portable bathrooms and concession stand with new bathrooms and a new concession stand.
In 2016, Nehalem Elementary was awarded a $1.5 million seismic upgrade grant. Grand funds will be used to upgrade the structure of the school for the safety of students and staff.
In 2013, Neah-Kah-Nie School District partnered with Tillamook Bay Community College to renovate four high school classrooms. At a cost of $500,000, these classrooms are now technology rich, energy efficient, and have new furniture. These classrooms are used by Tillamook Bay Community College and Neah-Kah-Nie School District.
The Neah-Kah-Nie School District is very grateful for the sustained support of community foundations including the Mudd Nick Foundation, Eugene Schmuck Foundation, Neah-Kah-Nie Scholarship Foundation, and the Ann Parks Foundation. The school district is appreciative of the countless individuals and businesses who provide generous financial assistance to improve the educational experience of our students.