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Originally published Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 4:30 PM

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Editorial: Vote for the Highline Public Schools ballot measures by Tuesday

Voters should approve the Highline Public Schools bond issue and levy on Tuesday’s ballot.


Seattle Times Editorial

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HIGHLINE Public Schools voters should embrace the chance to give the district the elbow room needed to continue innovative reforms to better serve students.

On Tuesday’s ballot is a trimmer version of a bond issue that barely failed in November along with a renewal of the district’s levy that funds educational programs and operations the state doesn’t pay for.

Both are necessary for the district’s success.

Besides rebuilding Highline High School, the $376 million bond issue would build an elementary school and two middle schools on district-owned property, and would make renovations at Tyee and Evergreen campuses. Technology improvements also are planned.

The district, which already added full-day kindergarten for all students, needs more space to continue and to reduce class size in kindergarten through third grade, an anticipated result of the state Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling.

The owner of an average Highline home, valued at $201,900, would pay an additional $220 per year. The levy measure, a replacement, has a slight increase and would add about $24 a year to that same homeowner’s tax bill.

If voters don’t support this bond measure, expect to see more portables on campuses during the next school year. The next year, the district might have to consider having two shifts for some students because of the lack of rooms.

This district is a standout for its academic approaches. Voters should keep students on track. Mail your ballot by Tuesday.

For information, go to: www.highlineschools.org

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



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