Building for tomorrow today
 

Bond Measure Slated for November 4 Ballot

This fall, the community will have the opportunity to invest in safe, healthy, and modern school buildings for all Highline students. The Highline School Board will put a school construction bond measure on the ballot. Ballots will be mailed to voters in October and must be returned by November 4. Sixty percent of voters must approve the bond for passage. The bond package includes rebuilding Highline High School, replacing Des Moines Elementary, constructing two new middle schools, and improvements districtwide.
 

The Challenge 

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.  

The Solution

Invest in safe, healthy and modern school buildings for all Highline students.

What:

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 facility improvements for arts education

Why:

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

Where:

The bond affects schools across our school district — all Highline students will see benefits.
 
How:
 
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.
 
When:
 
Ballots must be mailed by November 4. Passage requires 60% voter approval.
 
The video below demonstrates Highline's growing population. Click here to view and print a one-page handout that summarizes the video.