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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Student Voice: Old School Buildings Just Barely Getting By, Could Be Great...

Student Voice: Old School Buildings Just Barely Getting By, Could Be Great...
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What is the Value & Impact of a New, Modern School Building?

“I attended the old Highline in 9th grade. I’ve been to Tyee. Our old schools are just barely getting by, when they could be great.

At the new high school, it’s no longer hot, and we have lots of cold, fresh air. The new school feels more grounded, like a home base. The old building no longer made sense and things didn’t work. It showed its age and the time period it came from.

When it is cold or raining, it is not very comfortable on the [California-style] open campuses because we don’t live in a very sunny place most of the year. Our old school had open walkways, and you’d get wet and cold going from the school to the gym.

New buildings accommodate people with ramps and other accessibility features, and it's nice not to have to worry about the ceiling tiles falling.

Student by fish tank in Biology classroom

I always like going to Tessandore’s Biology classroom. It just feels like Tess. Very welcoming. Very nice. Good views from the third floor. It’s nice to have everything so convenient, so many sinks, and everything works. I love the ceramics class and the library and the stairwells also.”

—Ashley Rodriguez, HHS class of 2022

Ashley was president of BioXMS* Club at HHS and is now headed to the University of Washington this fall as a pre-sciences major, in a medical field or biology. 

BioXMS stands for “Biomedical Research and Mentors Insights.” The club was created in 2014 by a former student who graduated from UW Medical School as a medical doctor and is now at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, as a surgery resident.

Ashley is eighth in our series spotlighting student voices to explain the value and impact of a new, modern school building.

If voters approve Prop. 1, the Highline Schools Bond in November, it would provide funding to rebuild Evergreen and Tyee high schools and Pacific Middle School and to make critical repairs and improvements districtwide—without raising the current tax rate. 

Get informed about the November 8 school bond.

2022 BOND


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