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School Bond Heroes Get Back to Work

 

The hometown heroes of the last school bond are rolling up their sleeves again. Volunteer representatives from all four high school service areas in Highline Public Schools met June 14 to tackle boundary changes and continue planning for the future.

The Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) will complete the district’s long range facilities plan and monitor progress on current bond-funded school construction. Members will also study and make recommendations on school boundary revisions.

Co-chairs are Rose Clark and Aaron Garcia 
The committee is co-chaired by community members Rose Clark and Aaron Garcia. Clark is a former City of Burien council member, retired school employee and longtime community volunteer. Garcia is the White Center Promise director and serves as co-chair for YES for Highline. Both served on CFAC in 2015–2016.
 
"We want to look at the whole picture and get community input so families can weigh in on the options," Clark said. "Our meetings are open to the public."
 
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the district central office, 15675 Ambaum Blvd SW in Burien.
 
Why Will Boundaries Need to be Adjusted? 
Boundary lines must be adjusted districtwide due to the addition of two new bond-funded schools, plus classroom additions (funded by a state grant) at 13 elementary schools. New boundaries are slated to be announced by spring 2018 to give families and schools time to plan before new boundaries go into effect in the fall of 2019. The new elementary and the new middle school that voters overwhelmingly approved last November will open in the fall of 2019.
 
Listen to Meetings 
You can listen to audio of the CFAC meetings and view agendas and Powerpoint presentations: highlineschools.org/CFACMeetings

Representatives from All Service Areas 
Forty-nine Highline residents entered their names in the lottery for open positions on CFAC. A June 7 lottery refilled nine open positions. Each of the four service areas (Evergreen, Tyee, Highline and Mount Rainier) have balanced representation on the committee. There are 33 positions total, counting new and returning members.


Capital Facilities Advisory Committee Members 2017–2018

Members Selected by Lottery, Year Selected
Michel Hansmire, 2015
Jen Pilgrim, 2015
Rose Clark, 2015
Jim Daligcon, 2015
Karla Ohrt, 2015
Tonita Webb, 2015
Nora Vivarelli, 2015
Linda Cook, 2015
Jennifer Hefford-Anderson, 2015
Elizabeth Leavitt, 2015
Judy Nguyen, 2017
Danielle Stubblefield, 2017
Jole Sack, 2017
Alena Rogers, 2017
Heather Ulit, 2017
Tsehainesh Tesfamariam, 2017
Indira Hazbic, 2017
Tammy Haney, 2017
Terri Hewitt, 2017

Appointed Student Representatives
Keller Galo-Mejia, Student Representative, Tyee High School
My Linh Quach, Student Representative, Evergreen High School
Sarah Fikre or Katalia Alexander, Student Representative (shared position), Mount Rainier High School
Maria Arevalo, Student Representative, Highline High School

Members Appointed by Organizations
Aaron Garcia, YES for Highline Representative
Maria Santiago, Highline Council PTA & Highline Special Needs PTA Representative
Erik Enghusen, Teamsters Representative
Susan Andrews, Highline Education Association Representative
Kyle Linman, Principal’s Association Representative
Lois Schipper, King County Council Representative
Andrea Snyder, City of Burien Representative
Michelle Sipes-Marvin, City of Normandy Park Representative
Melissa Musser, City of Des Moines Representative
To Be Named, City of SeaTac Representative


More information about the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee:
highlineschools.org/CFAC


Bond Oversight Committee Holds First Meeting


Highline Public Schools activated a second committee of eight members who will meet monthly to oversee spending on the current school bond approved November 2017. The Capital Projects Oversight Committee met for the first time on June 14. Four members represent the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) that planned the school bond. Four others were appointed for their experience in finance, construction and real estate. All are residents of the Highline community.

More information about the Capital Projects Oversight Committee: highlineschools.org/oversight