It appears that the Highline capital improvement bond -- now at 59.28 percent approval -- will not reach the 60 percent needed for passage. Though yes votes have been trending upward, it is unlikely the ballots yet to be counted will push the final count above the 60 percent threshold.
"We are gratified that the majority of voters in our community voted to approve this bond," said Superintendent Susan Enfield. "We are thankful for all those in our community who support our students and our schools."
If approved, the bond would build and repair schools across the district, focusing on the most critical needs.
Providing ALL our students with a world-class education amid deteriorating facilities that have far outlived their lifespan, obsolete infrastructure, and inadequate technology, and a rapidly growing student population.
Invest in safe, healthy and modern school buildings for all Highline students.
A bond proposal to build and repair schools across the district, focusing on the most critical needs:
- Rebuild 91-year-old Highline High School
- Replace 89-year-old Des Moines Elementary
- Construct two new middle schools
- Make critical improvements to Tyee and Evergreen campuses
- Provide new learning technology, safety upgrades, infrastructure repairs (e.g., roofing, heating, plumbing, electrical), and capital improvements for arts education
We have maintained schools far beyond their expected lifespan. New investment now is critical:
- Constant maintenance and repair has become much more expensive and less cost-effective, draining money from all our children’s classrooms
- Obsolete infrastructure prevents use of current learning technology
- We are running out of space for our rapidly growing student population
The bond affects schools across our school district — all Highline students will see benefits.
The bond would raise $385 million for capital improvements like school repair and construction. (Amount per homeowner: $1.12 per $1,000 of property valuation.)
Our track record on the 2002 and 2006 bonds shows Highline completes school bond projects on time and on budget.
Ballots must be mailed by November 4. Passage requires 60% voter approval.
The video below illustrating the need to repair and replace aging schools.
The video below demonstrates Highline's growing population. Click here to view and print a one-page handout that summarizes the video.