Thanks to the continued efforts of the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC), the District has a well-conceived plan to serve the growth.
A NEW K-4 ELEMENTARY school will be built on property the District owns on 10th Avenue on the northeast side of the freeway. The 72,000 square feet K-4 school will relieve overcrowding at South Ridge and Union Ridge, two of the state's largest elementary schools.
A NEW 5-6 INTERMEDIATE school will be phase I of a multi-phase process to build a shared campus complex housing an intermediate school serving 5th and 6th graders and a middle school serving 7th and 8th. This approximately 50,000 square foot facility will serve fifth and sixth grades, alleviating serious overcrowding that is already taking place at Sunset Ridge/View Ridge.
A HIGH SCHOOL EXPANSION will include new classrooms for general education to slow the need for additional portable classrooms. A new vocational building is needed to replace the existing one built in 1975. Building new is expected to be less expensive than a full renovation and will deliver a learning environment that more effectively supports current industry standards. The existing vocational education building will be re-purposed to support the districts warehouse and facilities department needs, both of which have grown considerably as enrollment continues to increase.
ELEMENTARY PLAYGROUNDS Accessible, inclusive playgrounds at South Ridge and Union Ridge Elementary Schools are also needed. Recess matters - it builds brains as well as bodies and often serves as the only opportunity in the day to develop social and emotional learning.
In addition to the urgent need, bonding now makes financial sense. Commercial construction costs are rising at 5-6 percent per year in Washington. Delaying the bond by another year will cost our taxpayers millions of dollars in construction costs alone. Additionally, interest rates remain at a historic low. Bonding now, allows the District leverage beneficial financing.
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