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Lindsay Peyton
Highline Public Schools is preparing for a bond election next November. The school board approved a $299 million bond election during a special meeting held on Wednesday, July 20. From left, director district 3 Joe Van, director district 2 Angelica Alvarez, board president and director district 5 Michael Spear, superintendent Susan Enfield, board vice president and director district 4 Bernie Dorsey, and director district 1 Tyrone Curry. 

Highline Schools will ask for $299 million in November

by Lindsay Peyton

Highline Public Schools is preparing for a bond election next November – to fund renovations to deteriorating schools, safety improvements on all campuses and needed expansions to ease overcrowding.

The school board approved a $299 million bond election during a special meeting held on Wednesday, July 20.

The proposed bond is based on recommendations developed by the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee, a 39-member, community-based group that assessed district needs.

The committee recommended reserving $93.3 million for a new middle school on the district’s Galcier site, $49 million for a new school on the district’s Zenith site to house Des Moines Elementary students and $103.3 million for a complete remodel of Highline High, preserving as much of the existing façade as possible.

The proposal also calls for $18.5 million in improvements to the Olympic site so it can be used to house students during construction projects, as well as $14 million for building design of upgrades to Evergreen, Tyee and Pacific campuses.

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