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Originally published Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 4:40 PM

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Editorial: The Times recommends to approve Highline Public Schools bond measure

Voters should approve the bond measure to fund school improvements in Highline Public Schools.


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HIGHLINE Public Schools is already bursting at the seams of many old buildings in need of replacement or repair, and future growth will make that only worse. Voters should approve the bond measure on Tuesday’s ballot.

The bond measure would raise $385 million to rebuild the 91-year-old Highline High School and replace the 89-year-old Des Moines Elementary. It would also add two new middle schools and repair and update schools throughout the district.

This would add much-needed elbow room to a school district that has been making significant academic changes with the goal of helping students be as successful as possible. Among them was the move to full-day kindergarten, ahead of other districts. Additionally, another couple of thousand students within the next decade are expected to swell the district’s rolls to more than 21,000 students.

The bond measure would cost property owners about $1.12 per $1,000 of property valuation. For a home with a value of $250,000, that translates to an additional $280 a year.

This represents a needed investment in the future of Highline, a growing district that is making strong reforms to serve its students. Voters should approve the bond measure.

Editorial board members are editorial page editor Kate Riley, Frank A. Blethen, Ryan Blethen, Jonathan Martin, Thanh Tan, Blanca Torres, Robert J. Vickers, William K. Blethen (emeritus) and Robert C. Blethen (emeritus).



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