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After a year of study, outreach and planning, the Evergreen School Board, has 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.

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.

For questions regarding the bond proposal, email election@evergreenps.org or call 360-604-4134.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why isn’t Mill Plain Elementary on the list? Isn’t it the oldest school?

Yes, the original Mill Plain was constructed in 1952 with additions in 1955 and 1965. In 1999, a substantial remodel was completed, including the addition of the 300 building. In 2015, the district received grant funding to replace nearly the entire HVAC system at a cost of $2 million. With these updates/upgrades, eligibility for state matching funds is significantly reduced. Mill Plain’s overall facilities “score” is better than some of the newer elementary schools.

Is that the same reason other older schools like Fircrest, Sunset, Silver Star and Riverview aren’t on the list as well?

Some of these schools have had modest updates and repairs in the past. They are part of the next set of schools slated for replacement, assuming this bond passes, and another bond is run in approximately six years. In the meantime, each school will see some upgrades and improvements to continue to insure the schools operate safely and securely. For specific information, here is a school-by-school list of proposed upgrades, click here.

What is the cost per $1,000 of assessed value for the new bond only (not combined with existing bonds)?

The cost of the proposed bond is $1.77 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Top 10 Bond Facts

Demographics

Evergreen Public Schools, founded in 1944, is the sixth largest school district in the state of Washington and the largest school district in Clark County with over 26,000 students in 37 schools. The last construction bond was passed in 2002 while a subsequent one in 2008, failed.

Bond Passage = No local tax increase

If voters approve the bond measure, a total of $695,000,000 of bonds will be sold. For local school property taxes, here’s a snapshot of the levy and bond rates per $1,000 of assessed value: $5.00 for 2017, $4.85 for 2018, then if the bond passes, with the older bonds paid off, the rate will be $3.27 in 2019 and continue to drop slightly after that. These figures do not include the state-levied portion of school property taxes.

Additional dollars are available if the bond passes

Another $95 million will be available from the state school construction assistance program and another $12 million is available in local development impact fees to add to the overall project funding.

New elementary and secondary schools

With the bond passage, Ellsworth, Marrion and Sifton elementary schools will be replaced on existing sites, Burton Elementary School would move down the street to the existing Administrative Service Center (ASC) site, Image Elementary would move several blocks north to a new site, and a new elementary would be built at NE 162nd Avenue and NE 39th Street. Wy’east Middle School and Mountain View High School would be replaced on site, while Legacy High School (along with 49th Street Academy and Transitions program) would be constructed in a new location. Heritage High School would have a new wing added to replace 39 portable classrooms.

Portable Classrooms

The district currently uses 363 portable classrooms at schools throughout the district. Many of those were installed during the population boom of the 1980’s and 1990’s. The bond measure, if approved, would eliminate half of those portable classrooms, giving students space that is safe, secure, and energy efficient.

Existing buildings require maintenance

A number of critical systems and structures have reached the end of their useful life in many schools, and do not operate at optimal levels, or have costly on-going expenses. Strategic replacement and renewal of heating and cooling systems, roofs and more will extend the useful life of many school buildings.

School Safety and Security

The bond would provide for secure entrances at our schools with a single point of entry instead of multiple entry points to school common spaces and classrooms, upgrades to surveillance -including camera systems at elementary schools, plus additional access control technology and emergency radio systems upgrades.

Replace old and/or outdated items

With bond passage, the district will enhance opportunities for students to pursue their interests and talents. Schools would receive enhancements such as new field turf at the high schools, new auditorium sound and lighting systems, replacement musical instruments, new phone system, improvements to McKenzie Stadium turf and lighting and the transportation facility.

Upgrading for 21st century needs

Infrastructure updates to support new technology, changing classroom needs and new instruction models will include sound and lighting systems and flexible classroom furnishings. While outdoors, students will benefit from added covered play areas-necessary for the seasonal Northwest weather.

Remodel vs. Replace

Through surveys - both online and over the phone - the district received questions why replacing aging buildings was chosen over remodeling. As good stewards of taxpayer funds, Evergreen consulted with construction experts who say replacing a building with new, safer and secure construction is a better return on investment when more than 80 percent of a building is impacted. Remodeling can cost nearly as much as replacing a school and not provide as many safety, security or energy-saving results.
Bond Tax Information

Major Bond Projects

Bond and Construction History

1950s

Mill Plain, Orchards, Sifton, Ellsworth
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1960s

Marrion, Evergreen, Cascade
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1970s

Burton, Crestline, Silver Star, Fircrest, Image, Riverview, Sunset, Wy'east
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1980s

Mountain View, Pacific, Legacy, Burnt Bridge Creek, Special Services, Hearthwood, Early Childhood Center
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1990s

Harmony, Pioneer, Frontier, Fisher's Landing, Heritage
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2000s

Illahee, Shahala, Evergreen Flex Academy, York, Columbia Valley, Orchards*, Cascade*, Covington*, Union, Evergreen**, Endeavour
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2010s

Henrietta Lacks, Crestline (rebuilt after fire)
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