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Background

THANK YOU, VOTERS! The April 2016 bond and levy for capital projects passed!
The following is some background information prior to 2016:
 
 
 
Who has been involved?
Through community engagement events like the online Thoughtexchange process and the in-person technology and fishbowl community conversations, the community has shared experiences, thoughts and advice about what students need in school today and what they need to be successful after high school.

The Technology Advisory Council and the Capital Facilities Advisory Council have also worked with community advice and studied best practices from other districts to help formulate plans and options for a capital levy.
 
To read more about the board's history of community engagement, visit the board webpage.
 
When were the last voter-approved capital levy and bond elections, and what projects were included?
In 2006, voters approved a $198.9 million bond. Major projects in that bond included:
  • Building Forest View Elementary which opened in 2007
  • Remodeling of Garfield, Jefferson, Monroe, Silver Lake, View Ridge, and Whittier elementary schools
  • New auxiliary gymnasium at North Middle School
  • Modernization of Everett High School gym
  • Seismic, heating and ventilation systems, roof replacements, plumbing and electrical system upgrades at highest priority schools
More information and pictures are available on the Facilities and Planning website.
 
For an extensive history of earlier construction projects made possible by other past bonds, see the information in the Winter 2016 edition of the district newsletter, Our Schools.
 
In 2010, voters approved a $48 million capital levy. Major projects in that levy included:
  • Replacement of worn out electrical, heating and ventilation systems to save energy costs
  • New roofs and schools on roof replacement schedule
  • Replacement computers to maintain district ratio at that time of 1 computer for each 5 students
  • Technology and cameras for security systems
 
When did the board hold public discussions about a bond or replacement capital levy in 2016?

  • April 28, May 5, May 19, 2015 – Community Fishbowl conversations about facilities & technology
  • June 9, 2015 – Capital planning update
  • Sept. 22, 2015 – Capital bond/levy update
  • Sept. 24, 2015 – Community Conversation about Technology
  • Oct. 13, 2015 – Technology & Facilities Community Engagement
  • Oct. 27, 2015 – Capital bond/levy development update
  • Nov. 3, 2015 – Capital bond/levy development update
  • Nov. 17, 2015 – Capital bond/levy development update
  • Jan. 12, 2016 – Review of draft proposed capital bond and levy
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