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Evergreen School Board to place facility bond measure on February 13, 2018 ballot - 11/14/17

After a year of study, outreach and planning, the Evergreen School Board, tonight, voted to place a bond measure on the February 13, 2018 ballot. The proposed bond would include the replacement of eight aging schools and construction of a new elementary school. It would also add needed capital renewal and expansion for other schools throughout the district.

For the last year, the district has been working with community stakeholders, parents, staff and students as well as financial experts, and facility and construction professionals, to gain a well-rounded look at the infrastructure needs of the buildings currently housing over 26,000 students. In addition to endorsing replacement of older schools, the district found safety, security, reducing the reliance on portable classrooms and taking advantage of low interest rates along with no local property tax increases, were important to constituents.

"We have not passed a bond measure since 2002, and we need to bring our schools, some of which are nearly 60 years old, up to modern standards. We have virtually paid off all of the previous bonds, so even with this bond, the total local school property taxes in the district will actually decrease over the course of the next several years for property owners," said School Board President Victoria Bradford.

On the replacement list is Sifton, Ellsworth, Marrion, Burton and Image elementary schools; Wy'east Middle School; and Legacy and Mountain View High schools. A new addition at Heritage High School will replace 39 portable classrooms since the school was designed as a three year high school, but by the time it opened, the district had moved to a four year high school model. With the addition of a new elementary at NE 162nd Avenue and 39th Street, crowding and use of portables in elementary schools across the district will also decrease.

The remainder of the district's 37 schools will also see safety and security upgrades, heating and cooling system replacements, improvement to athletic fields and upgrades for the fine arts programs.

If the $695 million dollar bond passes, the district will also be eligible for $95 million in state matching funds and $12 million in local development impact fees. More information about the bond proposal is available at www.evergreenps.org/envision.