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.More ›