The Highline bond has passed, with 66.98 percent voting in favor.
“We are grateful to Highline voters for supporting our students by providing safer schools and room to learn,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “We pledge to continue our record of good stewardship of bond funds and on-time, on-budget construction projects."
Thanks to the passage of the bond, we will be able to:
- Install electronic locks on every classroom door.
- Upgrade the video surveillance system at every school in the district.
- Rebuild Highline High School, preserving as much of the façade as structurally and financially feasible.
- Begin design of new Evergreen, Tyee and Pacific campuses.
- Build a new school on the district-owned Zenith site to house Des Moines students, with room for growing enrollment.
- Build a new middle school on the district-owned Glacier site.
- Replenish the capital fund, which will be depleted in 2017-18. This fund covers critical needs and emergency repairs.
- Make safety improvements to the Olympic site, so it can be used to house students during the HHS construction and future school construction projects.
“We want to thank the members of the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC), who spent ten months developing this bond plan,” said Dr. Enfield. “Their investment and leadership was key to the success of this bond.”
Our next step is to involve the school communities of Des Moines, Highline High School, Evergreen, Tyee, and Pacific in planning and design of their new schools. We will share information about a process for selecting design committees in the coming weeks.
We are feeling inspired and energized by our community’s support for our students. Thank you, voters!