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Building for Excellence School Construction Bond Measure Nov. 5, 2019

important measure for district students, educators and families on November 5, 2019 ballot

Renton School District voters will decide on an important ballot measure to support student learning on the November 5, 2019 ballot. Even with approval of the measure, tax rates for district property owners will not increase.

Building for Excellence Bonds to Improve, Construct and Renovate School Facilities will allow for important projects at nearly every school in the district including:

  • construction of a much-needed additional elementary school in the fast-growing northeastern (Highlands/Sunset/Hazen High) area of the district
  • additional science classrooms at high schools
  • renovations and upgrades to other schools
  • roofs and boilers
  • safety and security
  • school playground and athletic fields
  • and much more
  • View a school-by-school list of projects.

Voters overwhelmingly supported the measure in Feb.; 400 additional votes were needed to validate

Voters overwhelmingly supported this measure on the Feb. 12, 2019 ballot; but a snowstorm that blanketed the region with snow and ice kept many voters from casting their ballot: an additional 400 votes were needed to validate the measure. With the obvious support of voters, Renton School Board members are providing an opportunity for more voters to cast their ballot in the Nov. 5, 2019 General Election (voters are reminded to turn their ballot over; Renton School District's measure will be on the back of the ballot).

Renton School District tax rates

What will the measure cost?

Because of improved assessed property values and the many additional families and businesses that have moved into the Renton School District boundaries, this measure will not increase tax rates.

That means the owner of a median priced home of $400,000 will have saved more than $572 per year in Renton Schools property taxes since 2017.

Read Questions and Answers about the Nov. 5, 2019 Bond measure.

School Construction Project List

Voters have opportunity to keep schools in great working condition, build much-needed new elementary school

Building for Excellence School Building Construction Bond will allow for important projects at nearly every school in the district including:

Site of new elementary school
 
  • construction of a much-needed, additional elementary school in the fast-growing northeastern (Highlands/Sunset/Hazen High) area of the district
  • additional science classrooms at high schools
  • preschool classrooms
  • renovations and upgrades to other schools such as
    • roofs and boilers
    • safety and security
    • school playground and athletic fields
  • and much more

View a school-by-school list in the drop-down menu below.

Even with approval of the measure on Nov. 5, 2019, tax-rates for all district taxpayers will not increase. Read how here.

Over the decades, voters have approved the district's work to build and improve schools on-time and on-budget to provide all students with high-quality education, build schools that last for decades, and improve local property values.

What will the measure cost taxpayers?

What will School Construction Bond measure, on the Nov. 5, 2019 ballot cost?

Because of improved assessed property value and the many additional families and businesses that have moved onto Renton School District boundaries, this measure will not increase tax rates. Renton School District tax rates have steadily declined over the past several years and are estimated to continue to remain flat or decline further as the local economy continues to improve and additional families and businesses move into district boundaries. 

That means the owner of a median priced home of $400,000 will have saved more than $572 per year in Renton Schools property taxes since 2017.

Renton School District tax rates
Renton Schools tax rate decrease 2016-2019

Q & A Bond measure

On November 5, 2019, Renton School District is asking for voter approval for an important ballot measure:

"BUILDING FOR EXCELLENCE" SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION BOND MEASURE

What is a School Construction Bond Measure?

School Construction Bond measures are the way school districts in Washington State fund new school construction and large building repairs and renovations. State law requires voters to approve these important local funding measures to allow local schools to renovate or rebuild schools, or for needed large-scale maintenance work. The state does not provide funding for this school work: voters must approve School Construction Bond measures for this work to be done.

What projects are included in this School Construction Bond?

The 2019 School Construction Bond includes building a new, much-needed elementary school in the northeast (Highlands/Sunset) area of the district. The nearly $250 million measure also includes constructing additional science classrooms at high schools to allow students to meet the increased graduation requirements; needed work at other schools and classrooms; Hazen High School's aging student/community swimming pool; school roofs, air systems, and flooring; field improvements, safety and security upgrades; as well as other school building improvement projects throughout the district.  See a school-by-school list of projects here.

How were the School Construction Bond projects chosen?

Projects for the 2019 School Construction Bond were chosen after a months-long study that included input from principals and school staff; an independent architectural and engineering review of all sites; and input from the district's planning, construction, and maintenance staff. The district then convened a committee of parents, community members, architects, and others to collect input on the proposed projects, and presented the list to school board members for consideration.

Why are we building an additional elementary school?

New elementary school

Elementary schools in the northeast section of the district (Highlands/Sunset) are already at capacity; some now have many

 

more students than the school was original built for. Additionally, that area of Renton continues to grow at a rapid pace with families and businesses moving into the area for its regionally low housing costs, good schools and amenities, and quality of life. The City of Renton and the Renton Housing Authority have big plans to provide more market-rate, affordable housing throughout the area. This growth and other construction projects, coupled with the current high number of students in area schools, means the district must act now to provide more learning space for current students and those we know will move into the area in the next several years.

Renton School District tax rates

Will the proposed bond measure increase my tax rate?

No. Because of improved assessed property values and the many additional families and businesses that have moved into the Renton School District boundaries, this measure will not increase tax-rates.

That means the owner of a median priced home of $400,000 will have saved more than $572 per year in Renton Schools property taxes since 2017.

What about senior citizens on a fixed income?

Senior citizens (age 62+) and disabled individuals with a total annual income of under $35,000 may be eligible for a residential property tax exemption. Visit the King County Assessor’s Office Web site for more information, or call them at 206-296-3920.

How do I vote?

All registered voters will receive their ballots in the mail beginning the week of Oct. 15, 2019. Ballots will not require a stamp and be returned/postmarked by Nov. 4, 2019, or to be dropped in a King County Elections drop box to be counted. (Visit the Elections Office website).

Renton School District citizens have a long history of strong support for their schools. With their votes, community members have shown that they trust Renton School District to maintain and upgrade school facilities. A consistent investment in local schools ensures that current students and future generations will graduate with a meaningful diploma that provide them many choices for their future.

New Elementary School

NEW CONSTRUCTION (Why another elementary school is needed):

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, the district will build an additional elementary in the northeast section (Highlands/Sunset/Hazen High area) of Renton School District.

New elementary school

A new elementary school in the northeast (Highlands/Sunset/Hazen High) area of the district will accommodate students now and in the future: Current elementary schools in the northeast section of the district are at or above capacity, and there are plans by the City of Renton to construct hundreds of new housing units over the next few years. Families and businesses continue to move into the area and housing and apartment complexes are being constructed at record pace. The welcomed improvement in our local economy brings more jobs and families moving into the area for good schools, city amenities and quality of life. It also means more students enrolling in our schools.

Student enrollment in the district has increased by more than 2,200 students in the past 10 years as families move into the area for first-rate schools, affordable housing and quality of life. Our elementary school populations have grown as families have children, and new families move into the district. Thanks to voter support, the district opened an additional middle school (Risdon Middle School) in 2016, reducing overcrowding at McKnight Middle School by half. Voters also approved construction of a new 28,000 square-feet/12 classroom new at Hazen High in 2012, providing additional space at our most populated high school. Lindbergh and Renton High have capacity to accommodate students now and well into the future.

The building of an additional elementary school in the northeast section of the district will accommodate the large number of current kindergarten through 5th-grade students in that area (nearly 50% of all elementary students in the district attend one of the five elementary schools in that area). City of Renton construction projects will increase housing in the area in just short period of time. We need room in elementary schools in that area of the district now, and to be ready for many new families who will move into the new housing.

Benson Hill Elementary

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Benson Hill Elementary School include:

  • Gymnasium floor
  • Paint interior
  • Reader board
  • Boiler and hot water heater
  • Fields and grounds
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school
  • Canopy above west gymnasium doors
  • Play shed roof
  • Paint play shed

Bryn Mawr Elementary School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Bryn Mawr Elementary School include:

  • Carpet
  • Reader board
  • Boiler and hot water heater
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school
  • Paint interior
  • Overlay parking lot

Campbell Hill Elementary School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Campbell Hill Elementary School include:

  • Boiler
  • Fields and grounds
  • Sidewalks
  • Reader board
  • Enclose space under stairs
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school
  • Corridor, commons and gym wall finishes

Cascade Elementary School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Cascade Elementary School include:

  • Upgrade mechanical controls
  • Upgrade fields and grounds
  • Reader board
  • Upgrade building accessibility
  • Replace gymnasium  operable wall
  • Overlay parking lot

Hazelwood Elementary School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes: Projects listed for Hazelwood Elementary School include:

  • Boiler and hot water heater
  • Fields and grounds
  • Reader board
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school

Highlands Elementary School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Highlands Elementary School include:

  • Exterior lighting at main canopy
  • Fields and grounds
  • Reader board
  • Hallway carpeting
  • Paint portion of building

Honey Dew Elementary School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Honey Dew Elementary School include:

  • Side sewer
  • Fields and grounds
  • Reader board
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school
  • Play shed roof
  • Paint play shed

Kennydale Elementary School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Kennydale Elementary School include:

  • Fields and grounds
  • Reader board
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school

Lakeridge Elementary School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Lakeridge Elementary School include:

  • Gymnasium movable wall
  • Playground equipment
  • Fields and grounds
  • Reader board
  • Upgrade building access accessibility

Maplewood Heights Elementary School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Maplewood Heights Elementary School include:

  • Carpet
  • Fields and grounds
  • Reader board
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school
  • Paint interior

Renton Park Elementary School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes: Projects listed for Renton Park Elementary School include:

  • Paint exterior
  • Fields and grounds
  • Reader board
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school

Sierra Heights Elementary School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Sierra Heights Elementary School include:

  • Upgrade building accessibility (address front entrance)
  • Classroom lighting
  • Upgrade corridor, commons & gym wall
  • Replace boilers; boiler room expansion; water pipes & hot water reconfiguration
  • Upgrade building mechanical control
  • Fields and grounds
  • Reader board
  • Sidewalk upgrades
  • Overlay select asphalt parking lot surfaces
  • Replace carpet

Sartori Elementary School

Sartori Elementary School opened in 2018 thanks to overwhelming voter support of a similar School Construction measure in 2016.

Talbot Hill Elementary School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Talbot Hill Elementary School include:

  • Carpet
  • Paint interior
  • Paint play shed
  • Replace play shed roof
  • Gymnasium movable wall
  • Fields and grounds
  • Reader board
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school
  • Exterior door from cafeteria to playground
  • Boiler
  • Overlay select asphalt parking lot surfaces
  • Replace metal louvers at gable ends

Tiffany Park Elementary School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Tiffany Park Elementary School include:

  • Carpet
  • Paint interior
  • Paint play shed
  • Playground equipment
  • Fields and grounds
  • Reader board
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school
  • Entry lobby roof and skylights

Dimmitt Middle School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Dimmitt Middle School include:

  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Circulation (HVAC) & Energy improvements
  • Fields and grounds
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school
  • Roof flashing
  • Paint interior
  • Power

McKnight Middle School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for McKnight Middle School include:

  • Movable stage wall
  • Reader board
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school
  • Carpet
  • Paint portion of building
  • Power

Nelsen Middle School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for McKnight Middle School include:

  • Boilers
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Circulation (HVAC) & Energy improvements
  • Fields and grounds
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school
  • Entry plaza concrete
  • Paint portion of building
  • Roof flashing membrane
  • Power

Risdon Middle School

Risdon Middle School opened in 2017 thanks to overwhelming voter support of a similar School Construction measure in 2012.

Hazen High School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Hazen High School include:

  • Modernize science classrooms
  • Replace/repair sports turf & track
  • Modernize pool
  • Reader board
  • Upgrade building access accessibility
  • Hot water tank in kitchen
  • Paint portions of interior
  • Commons flooring
  • Power to 700 building
  • Theatre sound and projection system
  • Overlay select asphalt parking lot surfaces

Lindbergh High School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Lindbergh High School include:

  • Modernize existing science classrooms & add additional science classrooms
  • Replace/repair sports turf & track
  • Gym – moisture remediation
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school
  • HVAC system
  • Markerboards and tackboards

Renton High School

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Renton High School include:

  • Modernize science classrooms
  • Locker room remodel & Gym windows
  • Reader board
  • Windows at west wing stairs
  • Roof canopy
  • Side sewer to main building
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school
  • Carpet
  • Commons flooring
  • Wainscot at office entry lobby
  • Theatre lobby floor lighting
  • Cafeteria stage
  • Sidewalks

Renton Stadium

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed for Renton Stadium include:

  • Synthetic track and turf and inground wiring
  • Mechanical controls

District Support Buildings, Other projects

If the Nov. 5, 2019 School Construction Bond measure passes, projects listed at schools and other district buildings include:

  • Funding to buy property for future additional classrooms/school
  • Reader boards at schools district-wide
  • Continued Safety & Security improvements
  • Turf baseball/softball field (site to be determined)
  • Transient voltage surge suppressors (TVSS) on all panels
  • Safety and Security - Install and upgrade camera systems/Access Management
  • Upgrade ADA and way-finding signage

District main office (Kohlwes Education Center):

  • Boiler
  • Carpet
  • Paint interior
  • Mechanical controls
  • Install TV/SS System

Transportation Center:

  • Parking lot
  • Sidewalks
  • Underground power along Park Ave
  • Mechanical controls

Warehouse Center:

  • Flooring in restrooms and offices
  • Roof
  • Carpet