Bond Planning Committee Elects New Co-chairs
About 30 Highline residents and stakeholders met this week to begin planning for future school bonds and construction. They learned about the past history of bond planning in our district, which projects are next in line, and which older schools still need to be placed in priority order.
The Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) elected Omaha Sternberg and Shane Stender to serve as co-chairs. They also selected a student co-chair: Bontu Balda, a student at Mount Rainier High School.
Members thanked co-chairs Rose Clark (three years) and Aaron Garcia (two years) for their service as former co-chairs. Clark remains on the committee. Garcia will be leaving his position on the committee to serve as a newly elected school board member.
"I never would have been inspired to run for school board without my experience as co-chair of this committee," Garcia said.
Read on for a summary of the meeting and more photos of members at work.
CFAC Meeting Summary: November 13, 2019
Here is a summary of the agenda and meeting topics:
- Provide baseline knowledge of community-led process
- Elect co-chairs
- Get updates on capital projects
- Answer questions & request information needed to prioritize remaining older buildings
Welcome & Introductions
2019-20 CFAC members introduced themselves and stated which organization appointed them or which area of the district they were chosen from by lottery.
Review Status of CFAC Work
Background: School construction is primarily funded by local taxes for school bonds that must be approved by 60% of voters in a school district. In Highline, community members lead the way to plan for future school construction needs. Residents and stakeholders from around the district are chosen by lottery or appointed by community organizations to CFAC. CFAC members hold meetings, request information from district staff and work by consensus to recommend future school bonds. The school board makes final decisions on what school bonds to propose to voters based on CFAC recommendations.
- 2015-16 — CFAC Developed Phase 1 Bond
- 2017-18 — CFAC Led Boundary Review & Changes
- 2018-19 — CFAC Recommended Phase 2 Bond
Committee Charge 2019-2020
- Develop Community Recommendations for Future Facilities, including prioritizing facilities built prior to 2000.
- Elect representatives of CFAC to serve on the Oversight Committee if a vacancy arises.
Committee members read and signed statements of commitment to attend meetings and work collaboratively for the good of the whole district.
Nominate & Elect Co-chairs
- Role & expectations: Co-chair Rose Clark explained the role of CFAC co-chairs is to lead the meetings and help plan the meetings, which requires an additional meeting with district staff to plan.
- Elections: The Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) elected Omaha Sternberg and Shane Stender to serve as co-chairs. They also selected a student co-chair: Bontu Balda, a student at Mount Rainier High School.
Committee Norms & “Parking Lot” Questions
Chief Communications Officer Catherine Carbone Rogers explained the committee norms developed over the last several committee sessions. The members added one more: Ask clarifying questions.
The "Parking Lot" is a large sheet of paper where members can write down questions or topics the groups may not have time to discuss in the current meeting. District staff provide written responses prior to the next meeting or the topic may be added to future meeting agendas.
Update on 2016 Bond
- Overall status: School construction projects are on time and under budget.
- Highline High School - demolition complete, construction in progress
- Olympic Interim Site - renovation complete, opened September 4, 2019
- Glacier Middle School - construction complete, opened September 4, 2019
- Des Moines Elementary School - construction complete, opened September 4, 2019
- Locks & cameras - 15 newer schools completed (400+ new locks on interior and exterior doors); contract awarded August 14 for new locks at remaining older schools, wiring work initiated at Big Picture, PSSC, Performing Arts Center and Valley View Early Learning. Death of district's head locksmith will delay locks work.
- Critical needs projects - Numerous school sites have received new interior and exterior paint, roofing, playtoy tiles, and other repairs. Most recent project: New boiler, chiller and roof were completed at the Performing Arts Center.
Updates on Other Capital Projects (Non-Bond Funds)
- PSSC Composites Lab - renovation work completed.
- Senate Bill 6080 additional classrooms - 2 new buildings completed, 2 more planned.
- Evergreen Turf Field - After ongoing delays in the King County permit approval process this summer and fall, community members assisted in contacting senior officials to expedite the process. Latest information: permit is expected November 20.
- Sylvester/Danny House field project - Tin Room owner Danny House is leading a volunteer effort to secure funding for a new sports field at Sylvester Middle School. He has raised $25,000 in seed money and is working on getting much of the work donated to save up to half of the $1.4 million cost.
Questions & Next Steps
- What questions do you have?
- What information do you need to prioritize remaining schools built prior to 2000?
The list of questions and responses will be provided to members by the next meeting on January 29.
Takeaways & Feedback
Members were asked to answer the follow questions on a form to provide feedback:
- What information are you taking away with you to share with others?
- Do you have feedback or suggestions on the format of these meetings?
A list of responses will be provided to members by the next meeting.
Wednesday, January 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Central Office, 15675 Ambaum Blvd SW in Burien.