Our community-led Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) got back to work on Wednesday, February 24, shifting their work sessions to Zoom, after pausing their meetings for a year.
CFAC is an example of community members from all around Highline working together to plan for the future of their school district. Their charge is to recommend future facilities needs and school bonds to the school board.
Half of the members are residents chosen periodically by lottery and half are appointed by local community organizations, district labor unions and local governments.
During this session of meetings, members plan to recommend a priority order for replacing 11 school facilities built prior to 2000.
During the 1.5-hour meeting, members received updates from district staff and asked questions about the construction progress of the 2016 school bond. They reviewed previous work, learned about possible sales of properties the district is no longer using and heard a summary of the most recent enrollment report. Enrollment this year is at 17,529 which is down 1,251 since 2017, part of a trend of decreasing enrollment. The pandemic impact on enrollment has been biggest at the kindergarten level.
Co-chairs Omaha Sternberg and Shane Stender also fielded nominations to elect a CFAC member to the Capital Projects Oversight Committee to fill a seat vacated by long-time CFAC and Oversight committee member Tonita Webb.
CFAC members may submit nominations or volunteer until March 22, then a virtual election will be held prior to the next Oversight meeting in April.
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The Zoom meeting was recorded. If you wish to listen to the meeting, please contact Rosie Eades to request the link and password, or to request the recording in a more accessible format.
Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.