What’s in the Bond?

Everett Public School’s $330.6 million bond is a continuation of the district’s long-term capital faculties plan, which addresses growing enrollment, reduces overcrowding, increases student safety and maintains school facilities. A $149.7 million bond, approved by voters in April 2016, is now funding important projects and school improvements as part of this long range plan. The state legislature did not approve a capital budget in 2017, leaving school districts with no state funding for new classrooms and facility improvements.

With input from the community, Capital Facilities Advisory Council and local business leaders, the district has developed the 2018 bond to address the most critical needs not included in the 2016 bond. These include new permanent classrooms for growing enrollment, establishing high-tech vocational career pathways at each high school to prepare students for future success and continuing maintenance on older facilities to protect the public’s investment in our schools. The bond is an investment in quality schools which strengthen our community.

For additional information, including individual project costs, please visit the district website here.

Why We Need a Bond

To help prepare students for jobs of tomorrow
High-tech vocational opportunities enhance learning and give students the experience and training they need to be successful in the modern economy. The bond will establish a specialty STEM program at each high school and give students access to in-demand career pathways regardless of their background or family’s income. To learn more about the programs at each high school, visit the district website here.

To relieve school overcrowding
Everett Public Schools is the fastest growing district in Snohomish County and is projected to grow by nearly 1,600 students in the next ten years. More permanent classroom space is needed to accommodate the growing number of students, reduce class sizes and relieve school overcrowding.

To strengthen our community
Better schools help build a stronger community, which improves our quality of life, keeps crime down, and increases the value of our homes.

To provide basic maintenance and protect public investment in schools
Many of the district’s older schools need critical maintenance. Taking care of these projects now protects our investment in schools and will cost less to fix than if we wait until later.

2018 Bond Projects

New high-tech vocational programs at each high school

  • Modernizes Everett High’s vocational building for medical and healthcare career pathways
  • Modernizes Cascade High’s science building and adds 4,000 square feet for aerospace and advanced manufacturing career pathways
  • Retrofits Jackson High classrooms for communications and information technology career pathways
  • High school #4 includes vocational learn space for energy and sustainability career pathways

36 new permanent classrooms to relieve overcrowding and reduce class sizes

  • Classroom additions at Cedar Wood, Emerson, Jefferson, Mill Creek and Monroe, View Ridge and Woodside elementary schools
  • Parking lot expansions with safety features and access improvements at Emerson and Jefferson elementary schools.
  • The location of each classroom addition is based on current enrollment projections.

New comprehensive high school #4

  • To be located on property currently owned by the district off 180th St SE where the new elementary school is being constructed.

Land for a future elementary school

Everett High’s cafeteria building modernization including classrooms and more cafeteria space

HVAC systems replacement or upgrades at five locations and portable classrooms districtwide

Upgrades electrical systems districtwide

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