District seeks solution for crowded and aging schools
From the Highline School District:
Exciting progress is happening in Highline Public Schools, and our student population is growing for the first time in over a decade. This growth presents some challenges, and we need your input on a solution.
We are now out of classroom space in our elementary schools and have no room for growth. Starting next year, the state is offering additional funding to lower class size for grades K-3. If we are unable to create classroom space, we may have to turn down as much as $2.2 million in state funding.
We also have a number of schools that are 50 to 90 years old and in need of major repairs or replacement. As the buildings age, repairs and maintenance are becoming more and more expensive, draining money away from the classroom. Aging infrastructure prevents us from installing current technology.
We are projected to gain 2,100 additional students in the next 8 to 10 years. That's equivalent to about 4 elementary schools or one middle school and one high school!
We are working on a solution and want to get your feedback.
We are considering a bond measure in 2014 to build new schools and repair old ones. We are also considering moving 6th grade to middle school to create more space in elementary schools.
Please join us at a community meeting to learn about potential solutions and share your feedback.
Tuesday, January 14
Highline High School
Thursday, January 16
Evergreen High School
Tuesday, January 28
Pacific Middle School