CFAC Talks Priorities + $
Hats off to our community-led bond planners. Staff and community members from across the district are talking and crunching numbers to finalize priorities and construction budgets for the next school bond.
It's a big responsibility to recommend which aging schools and facilities voters should be asked to rebuild in the next school bond. We appreciate staff and community members who volunteer an evening each month to serve on our Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC).
At their February 27 meeting, CFAC members confirmed that rebuilding Evergreen and Tyee high schools and Pacific Middle School in the next school bond remain top priorities.
Funding to start the design process for these three schools was included in the current bond approved by voters in 2016. The design processes kick off later this spring.
Rebuild More Schools or Keep Tax Rate Flat?
When CFAC members met March 13, they made some initial decisions by vote about what won't fit in the next school bond, and began testing various scenarios to decrease the total cost to taxpayers.
A significant concern is whether the price tag to replace two high schools and one middle school in the same bond may be higher than taxpayers will approve.
|DRAFT Priority Projects||Capacity||2023 Est. Cost|
|1. Evergreen High School||1200||$ 158,949,154|
|2. Tyee High School||1200||$ 158,949,154|
|3. Pacific Middle School||950||$ 100,136,683|
|+ Project Contingency (all)||--||$ 20,901,750|
|+ Critical Needs Fund||--||$ 16,701,538|
Some additional money will be available from the state School Construction and Assistance Program (SCAP) and from the Port of Seattle/FAA.
CFAC members will be looking closely at costs, getting creative and weighing the odds of approval at various amounts by our community (which includes themselves). They hope to make an informed recommendation after their next meeting, but could schedule an additional meeting to finalize details in May, if needed, before presenting to the school board in June.
Critical Needs Fund Deemed Important
In addition to project costs above, CFAC members want to include a critical needs fund ranging between $13 to $17 million in the next bond. This fund pays for building maintenance and emergency needs, like boiler replacements and roof repairs.
Members said they hope to include enough in the next critical needs fund to replace Transportation Building L and upgrade the Sylvester Middle School kitchen.
Our bus drivers and other transportation support staff use Transportation Building L, which is a small, former army barracks in poor condition.
Three new ideas raised by CFAC members this year include:
1. Southern Heights & Beverly Park Idea
Should Southern Heights be replaced, or consolidated with Beverly Park Elementary School in a new building at the Glendale site?
Members voted to delay replacing Southern Heights Elementary School in the next school bond in order to address this question. They plan to recommend that the school board create a separate process next year for examining this question with those two school communities and then provide guidance to CFAC.
2. Learning Center Consolidation & Rebuild Idea
Should the Learning Center programs and alternative schools be consolidated in a new facility at the Manhattan and Woodside sites?
Members would like to include design/exploration funds for this idea in the next bond, but not request construction funds yet. This idea includes building a new, modern learning facility with unique spaces to serve students from New Start High School, CHOICE Academy, Big Picture middle and high schools, the Realistic Transition Program, Community-Based Services and other alternative learning programs.
CFAC members rated this idea a high priority although more information is needed. They noted that this project could improve equity and success rates by serving students most at risk in a modern, safe learning environment, instead of using old facilities in poor condition.
3. Monolithic High School & Middle School Design Idea
Should the design processes for Evergreen and Tyee high schools, kicking off this year, be based on a monolithic plan that includes the option of sharing some building systems, and possibly some flexible spaces, when Cascade and Chinook middle schools are designed and rebuilt in the future?
Members would like to gather more information on the pros and cons of this idea. They recommended that the design review committees for Evergreen and Tyee be charged with researching this idea as part of their design process.
Members from the middle school communities could be included in this conversation, as well as representatives from CFAC. The high schools could be located and designed to include the option for constructing attached middle schools in the future. (This is how Chief Sealth High School and Denny Middle School in Seattle were constructed. Other examples exist where this idea was implemented in a variety of ways.)
Next Step: April 24 Meeting
CFAC members will meet again on Wednesday, April 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Central Office, 15675 Ambaum Blvd in Burien. The public is invited to attend and listen to CFAC meetings. Please call the Family Center at 206-631-3003 to request interpretation services if needed.
- 2016 Bond Projects & Cost Information
- CFAC Meeting Summary: February 27, 2019
- CFAC Meeting Schedule & Members
- To request CFAC agendas and links to detailed meeting materials, please email Rosie Eades or call 206-631-3094.