The Highline School Board voted to cast the school bond on November 8; Evergreen will rebuild Tye and Pacific Schools

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Highline School principals Joe Vans, Angelica Alvarez, Azeb Hagos and Aaron Garcia will showcase designs for Evergreen, Tye and Pacific. Photo courtesy of Highline Public School.

The Highline School Board voted unanimously this week to hold the next school bond for the November 8, 2022 ballot box, as recommended by the volunteer-led Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC).

The construction loan will fund the rebuilding of two high schools – Evergreen and Tye – and the Pacific Middle School, as well as fund significant capital needs and improvement projects throughout the district.

For the funding measure to go through, voters would have to approve capital-building bonds by up to 60 percent.

If approved, here is an estimated schedule:

    • Evergreen High School Rebuild – Opening Fall 2025
    • Rebuild Tye High School – opening Fall 2025
    • Rebuild Pacific Middle School – Opening Fall 2027

Funding made three new schools Previous 2016 Bonds On time and under budget, the Highline was completed on schedule, continuing its 20 year track record of building on budget.

For these reasons, the district has now decided to implement the bond:

    1. The previous Bond school replaced the aging schools for students in Des Moines and Burien. The 2022 Bond will replace aging schools at SeaTac and the White Center so students in our district have safe and modern places to learn.
    2. A 2016 bond funded the design of new schools in Evergreen, Tye and the Pacific.
    3. This support measure does not increase the current tax rate due to the end of the taxation period.
    4. The 2016 bond projects completed $10 million under budget — those savings will be applied to the cost of the projects in 2022, lowering the cost to taxpayers.
    5. Approval of this bond will trigger $34 million in additional funding. Funding for noise reduction is provided by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port of Seattle, and the State School Construction Assistance Program.

capped loan amount
The bond raises $518,397,000. The district can only deposit this amount, no more. If the property increases in value more than expected, the tax percentage per $1,000 in value decreases.

Critical Capital Improvement Fund contained in bonds
The November 2022 bond includes $17 million in funding for critical capital needs and district-wide improvements to roofing, painting, emergency repairs and other improvements such as: B. Replacing the dirt area at Sylvester Middle School with artificial turf.

For more details and answers to questions, visit Highline’s 2022 Bond website: highlineschools.org/bond,

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