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Everett Public Schools to ask for $325 million bond, also levy

EVERETT — The Everett School Board last week authorized a capital bond and a replacement levy, which both will appear on the Feb. 13 ballot.
The capital bond will largely focus on improvements at the high schools, and will be the district’s way to build a new, fourth full-size high school. That high school would be located in Mill Creek south of Jackson High School. The Mill Creek area is poised as the largest area of growth.
The capital bond project list includes:
• Building a fourth high school, which will include high tech vocational learning areas focused on energy and sustainability
career pathways, for $216.8 million.
• Cascade High science building modernization and 4,000 square foot addition will include high tech vocational learning areas for aerospace and advanced manufacturing career pathways, for $20.2 million.
• Everett High vocational building modernization will include high tech vocational learning areas for medical career pathways, for $11 million.
• Jackson High classroom retrofits will include high tech vocational learning areas for communications and information technology career pathways, for $1.3 million
• 36 new permanent classrooms district-wide to reduce class sizes at Cedar Wood, Emerson, Jefferson, Mill Creek, Monroe, and View Ridge elementary schools. Parking lot expansions with safety features and access improvements at Emerson and Jefferson elementary schools, totaling for $38 million.
• Land for a future elementary school No. 20, for $5 million.
• Everett High cafeteria building modernization — to expand its size and extend the useful life of a central
element of the school and community, for $22.8 million.
• Plus heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades at Penny Creek and Silver Lake elementary schools, Eisenhower and Evergreen middle schools and the maintenance facility for $6.5 million and HVAC unit upgrades for 12 portable classrooms for $1 million as well as electrical system upgrades district-wide for $8 million.
Board member Caroline Mason cited the need to accomodate growth in her comments.
“1,600 more students will be here in 10 years. Students are now attending classes in 115 portables; more portable classrooms are on the way,” Mason said in a press release. “Among other things, bond funds will pay to build a new high school, 36 new permanent classroom additions to schools around the district, and it will buy land for another elementary school needed in the future.”

 

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