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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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CFAC Looks Forward 10 Years

January 29, 2020 | CFAC Meeting Summary 

Members of our community-led Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) reviewed data on current student enrollment and 10-year enrollment projections at their January meeting.

Mount Rainier High School student Bontu Balda and Highline parent Shane Stender led the 2-hour meeting of about 35 community, staff and students. They help co-chair CFAC this year. Read on for highlights from enrollment information, next steps--and more about CFAC's charge to prioritize our remaining list of aging schools for long-term capital construction plans.

Members of the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) pose together after their January 2019 meeting.

Enrollment Report Highlights

  • Enrollment in Highline Public Schools declined by 84 students between October 2018 and October 2019.
  • The decline was lower than expected, and lower than the 400- to 500-student declines that occurred in the previous two years.
  • Charter schools continue to be one of the major factors affecting Highline's enrollment. Charter schools in King County have seen a net gain of 884 students in the past two years.
  • After a small increase in the bilingual population last year, the district saw a large net gain this year. This factor contributed to the lower than expected enrollment decline this year.
  • All South King County districts, except Auburn, experienced declines in enrollment.
  • There is some evidence in the regional data that more families with children are migrating to more affordable areas in the far eastern portion of King County, and to more affordable areas in Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
  • The long-range forecast shows declining enrollment continuing over the next four years.
  • The forecast shows a positive enrollment trend beyond that period, reflecting continuing growth in housing, especially the addition of more apartment units within the district.
  • New proposed charter schools are expected to reach their preferred enrollment levels within about four years. If more charter schools open, that could affect enrollment projections. Demographic and other conditions can change over time, affecting forecasts. 
  • We request updated enrollment forecasts annually. The forecast includes low, medium and high projections. The baseline projection is medium.

Next Meeting: Understanding Building Condition Scores

At their next meeting, CFAC members will dig into building condition scores for our remaining older schools. 

All are welcome to attend the committee's meetings. The next CFAC meeting is Wednesday, March 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Central Office board room, 15675 Ambaum Blvd SW in Burien.

CFAC member uses microphone to comment during meeting.

What is CFAC?

The Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) is the community advisory committee charged with recommending school construction bonds to the school board. 

What has CFAC accomplished?

  • 2015-16: Recommended the successful November 2016 school bond to the school board. 

    • New Des Moines Elementary School opened September 2019

    • Glacier Middle School, opened September 2019

    • Olympic Interim Site opened September 2019 to host Highline High School

    • Structural steel is rising, gym walls are up and concrete pads are being poured at the new Highline High School, opening September 2021

    • 3 more schools are under design: Evergreen, Tyee and Pacific—initial design work funded by the 2016 bond

  • 2017-18: Recommended new school boundaries implemented in September 2019 when our fifth middle school opened and middle schools expanded to include 6th grade.

  • 2018-19: Recommended the next school bond put before voters be to rebuild Evergreen and Tyee high schools and Pacific Middle School.

What is CFAC’s Charge This Year?

This school year, the committee’s goal is to prioritize the remaining schools built prior to 2000. They plan to recommend a 10- to 15-year list of school construction needs to the school board at the end of their 2019-20 work session—updating their recommendations for future facilities.  

What Older Schools Remain to Prioritize?

The list of older schools on our backlog of construction needs is a little shorter than it was in 2016 thanks to the approval of voters and the continued work of CFAC members:

Committee Co-chairs Shane Stender and Student Co-chair Bontu Banda lead CFAC Meeting, with help from  three cabinet members.
  • New Start High School

  • CHOICE Academy (Woodside site)

  • Big Picture (Manhattan site)

  • Southern Heights Elementary

  • Chinook Middle School

  • Valley View Early Learning

  • Cascade Middle School

  • Sylvester Middle School

  • Seahurst Elementary School

  • Beverly Park Elementary School

  • Hilltop Elementary School

Highline parent Shane Stender and MRHS student Bontu Balda help co-chair the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee.


Members of the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) pose together after their January 2019 meeting.