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School Board to hear recommendations to build 2 new elementary schools

Renton, like all areas of the Puget Sound region, is growing…fast. 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 also brings more jobs and families moving into the area. It also means more students enrolling in our schools.

Working with a demographer and using data from multiple sources, the district recently reviewed that growth and created student enrollment projections for the next 10 years (see growth chart below). The data is helping the district be ready for the growing number of students over the next decade.

As part of that planning, a committee of community members, staff, city/civic economic developers and planners, and others, recently completed work to create the list of needed school construction projects and new school construction that they will recommend to Renton School Board members for the board's consideration to be placed into a bond measure for voter consideration.

The committee will recommend building two new elementary schools on land currently owned by the district at the current Sartori Education Center site in north Renton (pictured) and at the district-owned property adjacent the Secondary Learning Center in the Skyway neighborhood. Also included in the proposal are school building improvement projects that were recommended by principals and school staff earlier this year. Those school improvements/renovations projects include:
  • school renovations/upgrades
  • classroom floors/doors windows
  • commons area/gyms
  • school entry points and classroom doors
  • roofs/gutters
  • heat pumps/boilers
  • playfields/playground
  • parking lots
  • sidewalks
The committee will present their recommendations to the School Board in a special study session, which is open to the public, on May 27, 5:30 p.m. in the Board room at the district offices, 300 SW 7th Street, Renton. If the Board decides to move forward with a school construction bond measure, it will likely be placed on the Feb. 9, 2016 ballot for voter approval along with the district's expiring Maintenance and Operation Levy and the Technology Levy.