Highline Public Schools
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Top 12 School Construction Milestones in 2019

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2019 marked a year of school construction and planning milestones for you, our Highline community.

Here are our top 12 picks in the order they happened last year.

2019 Milestones

In late spring, you bid farewell in style to our two oldest school buildings:

  1. Highline High School
  2. Des Moines Elementary School (old site)
  1. Next school bond recommendation. In June, the community-led Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) recommended to the school board that the next school bond proposed to voters be rebuilding Evergreen and Tyee high schools and Pacific Middle School.
  2. Demolition and construction at Highline High School began in July.

In September, you opened three school sites:

  1. Glacier Middle School (new fifth middle school)
  2. Des Moines Elementary School (new site)
  3. Olympic Interim Site (renovated)
  1. Highline High School moved to the Olympic Interim Site for two years. 
  2. New school boundaries went into effect after one year of notice and a prior year of community review and recommendation.
  3. Middle school expanded to include 6th grade after years of discussion, detailed planning and family information meetings.
  4. 3 more bond-funded school designs began. Evergreen and Tyee high schools and Pacific Middle School kicked off their design processes with architects and building design committees in November. (The 2016 bond includes funds for the initial design work of these three schools. A future school bond will be needed to pay for construction.)
  5. The Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) reconvened to update Community Recommendations for Future Facilities. Community recommendations guide school board decisions on future school bonds. This fall CFAC held another community lottery and got back to the work of long-term planning and prioritizing for future school construction needs far beyond the next school bond. This is the fourth session of our community-led bond planning committee. The detailed work of this committee helps school bonds better reflect local needs and taxpayer support.  

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You can review our year of progress in school construction and planning in more detail: 


Collage of photos representing top 12 construction milestones in 2019.