Pacific Middle School: Existing Site Conditions
"Every kid deserves a safe place to go to school and a building in good condition." —Carlos Guardado, Lead Custodian, Pacific Middle School
Below is a virtual tour of Pacific Middle School, led by Carlos Guardado, lead custodian. The photos highlight a few of the reasons why Pacific Middle School was recommended for replacement by the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee.
This aging set of concrete block buildings, constructed quickly in 1960 during a district enrollment spike, includes additions, portable classrooms, worn furniture and finishings, and rapidly remodeled spaces to accommodate students in three grades.
Video Interview with Pacific Instructional Coach
Don't miss the video about Proposition 1: Highline Schools Bond, featuring Nikki Dunbar, instructional coach at Pacific Middle School. Here are her words:
"At Pacific, one thing we believe is that having high expectations for students floats all boats higher. We think that having a brand-new building that is modern and that is prepared for 21st-century learners, where students can see clean, beautiful windows and new drinking fountains and nice bathrooms. These are the things that communicate to students that they are valued by their community, that their community believes in them and that we are here for them, and we want them to succeed."
New School Design
Due to the small site constraints and the need for more classroom space, the design for the proposed new Pacific Middle School includes a three-story classroom section.
The new building would have a single secured entry, a main office in a central location with more visibility and eating spaces that are not across a busy hallway from the food servery. It would meet current building codes for electrical systems, earthquakes and accessibility, and provide modern HVAC systems with climate controls and HEPA filtration. The site plan includes a new turf playfield west of the school building.
View new school design information and more details.
See photos of existing site conditions below.
For information about Proposition 1: Highline Schools Bond on local ballots for the November 8 Election, please visit highlineschools.org/bond.