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Federal Way School District No. 210

Proposition No. 1
Bonds to Construct New Classrooms and Replace and Renovate Aging and Deteriorating School Facilities - $450,000,000

The Board of Directors of Federal Way School District No. 210 adopted Resolution No. 2017-04, concerning a proposition to relieve overcrowding, replace aging and deteriorating schools, and enhance safety. This proposition would authorize the District to: rebuild Thomas Jefferson High School, Totem and Illahee Middle Schools, rebuild and enlarge Lake Grove, Mirror Lake, Star Lake and Wildwood elementaries; create a K-8 Olympic View school and renovate Memorial Stadium facilities, and undertake other capital improvements; issue no more than $450,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 25 years; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds, all as provided in Resolution No. 2017-04. Should this proposition be:

 

Approved

Rejected


Passage of Proposition No. 1 allows the Federal Way School District to issue no more than $450,000,000 of general obligation bonds to alleviate elementary overcrowding, and replace or upgrade aging facilities and improve school safety features.  The bonds will be repaid from annual property tax levies over a period of up to 25 years.   This bond will maintain the current tax collections at their current levels of approximately $2.05 per $1,000 of assessed value.  The exact levy rate shall be adjusted based upon the actual assessed value of property within the District at the time of the levy.

With 20 schools and facilities more than 40 years old, and our elementary schools housing 1000 elementary students over capacity coupled with an expected enrollment growth of 1% a year for the next decade, the School Board determined that there is an urgent need for the creation of new classrooms and the replacement of aging and outdated schools.  These funds will be used for Thomas Jefferson High School, Totem and Illahee Middle Schools, Lake Grove, Mirror Lake, Olympic View, Star Lake, Wildwood elementary schools, Memorial Stadium and other facilities district wide.

The District anticipates receiving approximately $90,000,000 in State assistance, to be used to relocate Mark Twain Elementary, provide for major maintenance in other schools, and upgrade security at all locations.  For additional information see http://www.fwps.org/bond

Exemptions from taxes may be available to certain homeowners.  For more information, please call the King County Department of Assessments 206.296.3920.

 

Voting Yes for this bond addresses aging, deteriorating school facilities; overcrowding; and the need for enhanced safety district-wide.

The $450 million bond will not increase taxes!

The time is now, and the need is urgent to begin addressing our facility needs.  Across the district, 19 schools plus Memorial Stadium are 40 years or older. Our elementary schools are overcrowded by 1,000+ students and enrollment is on the rise. Modernized, technology-enriched classrooms support future ready scholars. We need more classrooms and we need to start now.

With your Yes vote, All schools will benefit from the School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP). This state funding addresses major maintenance needs, security enhancements at all sites, and the relocation of Mark Twain Elementary.

Your Yes vote for this bond will not raise taxes.

Federal Way Public Schools has a track record of fiscal responsibility and innovative programs. Great schools mean great neighborhoods and a prepared workforce. Join local businesses, parents, citizens of Federal Way, and community leaders in supporting a Yes vote for FWPS scholars. We believe in our community, our investment, Their future.

Submitted by: Greg Baruso, Susie Horan, www.citizensforfwschools.org

 60% approval with minimum 40% turnout (Wash. Const. art. 7, sec. 2(b))

For questions about this measure, contact: Kassie Swenson, Chief of Communications and Strategy, (253) 945-2264, kswenson@fwps.org

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