Elementary Classroom Additions
We will build an additional 13 classrooms at existing elementary school sites thanks to a class-size reduction grant from the state Legislature and matching district funds:
Opening in Fall 2019
- White Center Heights Elementary - 4 classrooms
- North Hill Elementary - 3 classrooms
Opening in Fall 2020
- Hilltop Elementary - 3 classrooms
- McMicken Heights Elementary - 3 classrooms
Thanks to a bill passed by the 2015 Legislature to help achieve lower student to teacher ratios in kindergarten through third grade, Highline was awarded more than $6 million in April 2016 to construct 13 new classrooms. The grant funds require permanent or modular buildings, and may NOT be used for portables.
The district set aside approximately $2.25 million in the capital fund for 2016-17, normally budgeted for portables, to match its local share of the grant. The 13 classrooms are estimated to cost $8.5 million.
District staff studied the best locations for the additional classrooms based on projected growth, current needs, available space on site and access to utilities. Integrus Architecture was selected to provide planning, architectural and engineering services for the project.