2017 Building Restoration Bond - October 30, 2017
September 21, 2017
To The Editor
Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way School Superintendent Tammy Campbell made a thorough and shocking presentation at the September 19 City Council meeting. She was presenting the rationale for the bond issue on the November 7 ballot. Her remarks were supplemented by continents from local students, describing the deplorable Conditions of our schools.
I was appalled by the pictures Dr. Campbell showed. Mold and mildew were rampant. Leaking roofs had water cascading into hallways. Broken boilers meant no heat for extended periods of time. Wiring was inadequate for today's technology. Bathrooms had no stalls. Floors sloped and walls were cracked. Ceiling tiles were damaged or broken. The environment is unhealthy and a deterrent to education.
Schools are overcrowded and portable classrooms are in heavy use. They do not have restroom facilities, which means students have to go to the main building, in all weather, to use the facilities.
It is imperative that the November 7 bond issue passes. It does not require a tax increase. The improvements will be paid for with a continuation of current tax levels. And thanks to the State Legislature's McLeary decision, tax rates drop in 2019.
I urge everyone to vote YES for the November 7 Bond Issue.
H. David Kaplan
FEDERAL WAY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2017 BOND
- Rebuild Thomas Jefferson High School (TJHS)
Now the oldest high school in Federal Way, the open design of the campus is challenging to secure. Additionally the current elementary enrollment is greatest in the north end, and TJHS will need to be right-sized to meet this growing community as students move through the K-12 system. With an anticipated capacity of up to 2000 students, the high school can also provide space for preschool programs, expanding the equity of opportunity for our families in this feeder area. Ranked in the top 10 by the Facilities Planning Committee.
- Expand and Rebuild or Modernize Lake Grove Elementary
The expansion of Lake Grove Elementary School will provide capacity for additional preschool and elementary students in support of Goal 1 of the Strategic Plan and the guiding principles of district facilities planning. Ranked in the top 10 by the Facilities Planning Committee.
- Rebuild Totem Middle School When looking through an equity lens,Totem also serves some of the most economically diverse students in the District in a 55-year-old building with the lowest overall building condition rating. Ranked in the top 10 by the Facilities Planning Committee.
- Expand and Rebuild Olympic View as a K-8 School
In support of the guiding principles of district facilities planning to provide equity of opportunity, this is the first step in the expansion of K-8 elementary schools to a second high school feeder pattern. This instructional model in a concentration of STEM schools will create another learner-centered environment.
- Expand and Rebuild or Modernize Star Lake Elementary
The expansion of Star Lake Elementary School will provide capacity for additional preschool and elementary students in support of Goal 1 of the Strategic Plan and the guiding principles of district facilities planning. Ranked in the top 10 by the Facilities Planning Committee.
- Expand and Rebuild or Modernize Mirror Lake Elementary
The expansion of the oldest elementary school Mirror Lake Elementary School (1956) will provide capacity for additional preschool and elementary students in support of Goal 1 of the Strategic Plan and the guiding principles of district facilities planning. Ranked in the top 10 by the Facilities Planning Committee.
- Rebuild or Modernize Wildwood Elementary School
With 650 Pk-5 students, Wildwood Elementary School has one of the lowest building condition assessments and is ranked in the top 10 by the Facilities Planning Committee.
- Rebuild Illahee Middle School
Similar to TJHS, the Illahee Middle School Campus is an open design creating challenges to create a secure learning environment for students. Ranked in the top 10 by the Facilities Planning Committee.
- Renovate Rebuild Memorial Stadium, Restrooms, Concession Stands, Locker Rooms and Create District Warehouse
Memorial Stadium and its related facilities are original structures close to 5O years old. As a facility that supports all of our high schools and is used extensively by our community, a major renovation or rebuild is long over-due. In addition the visitor locker rooms exist in the bottom of the old Central Kitchen building - a space currently being used to warehouse furniture. Schools need a central storage facility in order to eliminate shipping containers and to maximize existing space to serve instructional needs.
Bonds generate School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) funds from the state.
These funds will be used at all schools and may include major maintenance (roofs, boilers, athletic fields); security improvements (safety and security - keyless entries), parking and pedestrian upgrades; and relocate Mark Twain Elementary.
Over 40 Citizens for Federal Way Schools Committee Members were hard at work building over 1000 signs supporting the YES vote for the upcoming 450 million dollar NO TAX increase bond benefitting FWPS, FW community and our scholars. This bond will help to modernize FWPS schools. We are getting the word out early. Look for the bright yellow signs across our community! Sign waving events and community promotional and informational outreach coming soon!
Great News! On June 13th, 2017, the Federal Way Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved a new and modernized facilities bond resolution of the November 7th 2017 ballot. The ballot proposition is a $450 million investment resulting in NO TAX INCREASE. FWPS has 19 of its 39 buildings 40 years or older! Let's get behind the school district and VOTE YES FOR SCHOOLS AND OUR SCHOLARS IN FWPS!
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