Highline Public Schools’ Capital Facilities Advisory Committee gets back to work


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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 met last Wednesday to 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. It will also study and make recommendations on school boundary revisions.

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.”

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.

You can listen to audio of the CFAC meetings, read the agenda and see the presentation slides: highlineschools.org/CFACMeetings.

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.

Forty-nine Highline residents entered their names in the lottery for open positions on CFAC. A June 7 lottery refilled nine open lottery 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 20172018

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 Committeehighlineschools.org/CFAC.

Bond Oversight Committee Holds First Meeting
Highline Public Schools activated a second committee who will meet monthly to oversee spending on the current school bond approved November 2017. The Capital Projects Oversight Committee has eight members. They 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 

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