A revised school construction bond â€“ valued about $9 million less than the one proposed in November â€“ to repair or replace deteriorating schools and ease overcrowding will go before voters on the Feb. 10, 2015 ballot. After seeking community input following the November election, the school board voted Wednesday night (Dec. 17) to place the new bond measure on the February ballot. The November bond measure fell just short of the 60 percent approval required for passage. The February bond retains the major projects in the November measure, with modifications based on community input. â€œThe need to replace aging buildings and to ease overcrowding grows more urgent as our enrollment continues to increase,â€ said School Board President Michael Spear. â€œAt 59.3 percent approval, a strong majority supported the bond measure in November. After seeking community input we believe this is the right decision to make for all of our students.â€ More than 4,100 Highline residents participated in a Telephone Town Hall meeting regarding the bond, hosted by Superintendent Susan Enfield and School Board Member Bernie Dorsey. In addition, over 1,000 people took an online survey. Results from the survey showed strong support of the bond measure.Â Read more about survey results. Input gathered from the community helped the school board make the decision to place the bond measure on the ballot. If approved, the bond would:
- Rebuild Highline High School
- Build three new schools on properties already owned by the district
- An elementary school at the Zenith site (16th Place S. & S. 240th St., Des Moines)
- A new middle school at the Manhattan site (440 S. 186th St., Burien)
- A new middle school at the Glacier site (2450 S. 142nd Street, SeaTac)
- Make critical renovations at Tyee and Evergreen campuses
- Provide technology improvements throughout the district
- Make capital improvements to support arts education throughout the district
- Address additional critical needs throughout the district
“â€˜Buck up,â€™ Inslee says, as he makes his case for new taxes.”
They always say they are going after the uber wealthy with new taxes, but we all know that is where they start, and they end up in our pockets with all sorts of new taxes and fees and licenses.
They have the formula down. Stick it to the rich!! And then soak the middle class to the bone. What is left of the middle class.
This bond measure is just as bad as the last one. No independent fiscal overview of overplayed administrators. ( they refer to themselves as “support staff ” in the language of the measure.(deliberately downplaying their role). I will be voting NO on this measure.
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