We are grateful to Highline voters for passing the first bond in ten years. This bond will give students room to learn in our growing district. We will have the classroom space we need to lower elementary class sizes, and students will be safer in every school in the district. We are committed to responsible bond spending. We will continue our track record completing every project on time and on budget.
Are you interested in serving on one of the design review committees to assist in planning for the three major projects being built with 2016 bond funds? School knowledge, a positive attitude, and dedication to the collaborative process of building a school that fits its function, setting, and community will be valuable.
The architecture and engineering firms designing the three major construction projects are Bassetti Architects, Integrus Architecture, Inc., and Hutteball & Oremus. See some of their previous work.
Highline has selected Vanir Construction Management, Inc. to provide program, project and construction management services for the 2016 Capital Improvement Program. Vanir was ranked number one in Highline’s selection process. Vanir will manage three major bond projects, including a new elementary school, a new middle school, and the replacement of Highline High School.
The bond funds electronic door locks on each classroom door in the district. We are currently comparing electronic lock systems. We will pilot electronic door locks at White Center Heights Elementary this spring. We expect all door locks to be installed well before the end of the 2017-18 school year, with a goal of installation being completed at most sites this summer.
Our students have a lot to be thankful for this year. Thanks to the community, our school construction bond has passed, with a yes vote of nearly 67 percent. Passage of the bond sends a clear message to our students that the community believes in them and wants them to succeed.
Highline voters approved the sale of $299 million in school construction bonds last November, and today the first set of bonds was sold. The $236.8 million proceeds will fund a majority of the school construction and improvement projects in the bond package.