Three King County school districts have school-construction bond measures on the November ballot, including Highline Public Schools, which hasn’t passed a bond measure in a decade.
This time around, that district created a committee of 40 parents and community members that worked for a year to decide what to include in the proposed measure. That committee focused on how to lower the amount of the request, said Chad Harper, a committee member and volunteer with the Yes for Highline campaign.
This year, it’s asking for $299.9 million, lower than the $385 million it sought in 2014 and the $376 million in 2015. The new measure is lower in part because it includes one new middle school rather than two.
“We tried to do as much as we could for less money,” said Harper, who lives in Des Moines. “I think it’s a great return on investments.”
If passed, the money raised by the bond would go toward building new schools and remodeling others. Highline High School, which is more than 90 years old, would be rebuilt, for example, and Olympic Elementary would be renovated. The district also would construct a new middle school, and a new elementary to replace Des Moines Elementary, also nearly a century old. And it would develop designs for future rebuilds of Pacific Middle School, and Evergreen and Tyee high schools.