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Bond would build new College Place Middle School

 

Last updated 10/11/2019 at 7:28pm

Brian Soergel

College Place Middle School in Lynnwood.

Edmonds students who attend College Place Middle School in Lynnwood – the main campus for local kids – will see a new school in the near future if voters say yes to a $600 million capital construction bond proposal approved Tuesday, Oct. 8, by the Edmonds School District board.

The board of directors – Carin Chase, Gary Noble, Deborah Kilgore, Ann McMurray, and President Diana White – unanimously approved the bond, as well as a $96 million replacement technology/capital levy.

Voters will decide on the measures in an election Tuesday, Feb. 11. A bond requires 60% approval, while a levy requires a simple majority.

School district plans include adding sixth graders to College Place Middle, at 76th Avenue West and 208th Street Southwest. Currently, the school only has seventh- and eighth-graders.

"We are excited to move forward with the bond and levy measures," said School Board President Diana White, who is leaving her position as she is running for Edmonds City Council.

"The bond not only gives us the opportunity to build safer schools, it also allows us to design facilities to better support learning for all students and staff."

Capital Construction Bond

In addition to replacing the half-century-old College Place Middle, a approved bond would allow the district to complete improvements to Spruce Elementary School, replace Oak Heights and Beverly elementary schools, build an additional new elementary school, build an additional new middle school, and construct a new Innovative Learning Center (ILC).

The ILC would host Scriber Lake High School and other learning programs.

Replacement Technology/Capital Levy

The $96 million levy will fund technology for student learning and provide capital facilities improvements. The majority of the funds to be collected over four years will be used to support technology for student learning.

This means one-to-one computers in grade 2-12 and two students to one computer in grades K-1, along with online curriculum, other software systems and instructional systems.

The levy will also support classroom technology, teacher training and support. A portion of the levy, approximately 37 percent, will go towards capital facility improvements that include safety, security and emergency preparedness improvements at every school along with other system upgrades and replacements.

"This community is committed to our children and we see that each and every day," said Superintendent Kristine McDuffy, who is retiring at the end of the current school year.

"The replacement levy is vital to keeping our students safe and also providing equitable experiences when it comes to the use of technology, including providing internet access for students at home who can't afford this important educational tool."

The district said it will maintain a level tax rate. To maintain a level tax rate for the proposed 2020 bond, the district has structured bond issues on a cycle that allows for older bonds to be paid off just as new bonds are issued.

The tax rate is dependent on the assessed valuation of the district.

That means, as the assessed valuation increased because of growth, the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed property decreases, which allows the district to consider future bond measures while maintaining a stable tax rate.

 

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