The Snoqualmie Valley School Board of Directors has voted to place a school bond measure on the February 10, 2015 ballot, to address district-wide facility needs and provide more space at all grade levels to serve the District’s growing student population.
The Challenge: More space is needed in Snoqualmie Valley schools, for ALL students at all grade levels (elementary, middle and high school), to alleviate overcrowding and accommodate long-term enrollment growth. At the same time, ensuring schools are safe, well-maintained and responsive to students’ needs — not only by replacing aging systems that have exceeded their functional lifespans, but also by providing modern learning environments to support new educational programs and skills — will help teachers boost learning and students achieve their potentials. New educational programs being implemented at the high school to better prepare students for college, career and citizenship include: the transition to more rigorous Common Core State Standards, increased Core 24 graduation requirements, and a focus on expanding opportunities around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning and career exploration.
The Proposed Solution: Invest in safe and modern schools for ALL Snoqualmie Valley students.
What: A comprehensive, long-term bond proposal to build and make critical repairs and upgrades to schools across the district will:
- Rebuild and expand Mount Si High School (to include a Freshman Campus concept on the main campus),then reinstate a third middle school
- Construct a new elementary school
- Make district-wide improvements to existing schools and systems
Why: Snoqualmie Valley schools are running out of space to serve the growing student population.
- All elementary schools are nearly full this year and more space is needed by 2016 for state mandated full-day kindergarten, efforts to lower class sizes, and growing enrollment at grades K-5.
- Both middle schools are nearing capacity with growing enrollment in grade 6-8.
- Modernizing Mount Si High School benefits ALL students in the community — and expanding the facility to serve freshman on the main campus will allow the District to reinstate a third middle school and alleviate crowding among grades 6-8.
- Mechanical systems that have exceeded their functional lifespan need to be upgraded, to maintain the integrity of our school infrastructure across the district.
How: The 20-year bond would raise $244.4 million for capital improvements including school construction and repairs. (The estimated additional cost for per home owners is $1.29 per $1,000 of 2015 property valuation.) The District has a history of completing bond projects on time and within budget as promised.
When & Where:
Ballots must be mailed by February 10.
Passage requires 60% voter approval.
For more information:
- Check out the School Bond Facts page on the SVSD website.
- Explore the Bond Facts Mailer that was mailed to all residents.