Highline is committed to providing all of our students with a world-class education, but we face a challenge: deteriorating facilities that have far outlived their lifespan, obsolete infrastructure, inadequate technology, and a rapidly growing student population.
A community-led plan for a school construction bond will go before voters on November 8, 2016. The proposed bond would bond repair or replace deteriorating schools, ease overcrowding, and make safety improvements at all schools. The School Board passed a resolution at a July 20 meeting to place the bond measure on the ballot.
The proposed $299 million bond measure contains all the projects recommended in Phase 1 of the plan developed by the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC), a 39-member, community-led committee.
CFAC is composed of Highline residents, staff, and students. CFAC committee members spent the past year intensely studying the district’s facility needs and creating a long-range facilities plan and bond proposal.
If approved, the bond would:
- Fund security improvements at all schools in the district.
- Rebuild Highline High School, preserving as much of the façade as structurally and financially feasible.
- Begin design of new Evergreen and Tyee campuses, and Pacific Middle School.
- Build new school on the district-owned Zenith site to house Des Moines Elementary students, with room for growing enrollment.
- Build a new middle school on the district-owned Glacier site.
- Replenish the capital fund, which will be depleted in 2017-18. This fund covers critical needs and emergency repairs.
- Make required improvements to the Olympic site, so it can be used to house students during the HHS construction and future school construction projects.
Why run the bond in November? Three reasons:
- Higher than average voter turnout is expected, due to the presidential election, so more community members will participate in the decision.
- Sharing the ballot with other measures reduces the costs the district must pay the county for the election.
- With construction costs rising, the sooner construction begins the less expensive it will be.
Watch this video to hear what CFAC members have to say about their work.
To learn about CFAC, please visit highlineschools.org/CFAC