Please Vote by February 12, 2019

Bond Focus #1

Building two additional elementary schools immediately to address overcrowding.

1 in 3 elementary students learns in a portable classroom located outside their main school building

 

PSD's Bond Purpose - Why? Overcrowding

Superintendent Jarvis has recommended two new schools be constructed, and two existing schools be totally replaced. Initial planning utilizes two school sites currently owned by the school district. The first at Harbor Hill Ave North is near the YMCA. The second site, known as the "Bujacich site" (pronounced bu-sich), is located west of Hwy 16 on Bujacich Rd NW, across from McCormick Forest Park Because the Bujacich property lies outside of the Urban Growth Boundary, it may become necessary to acquire an alternate site if regulations prove the site to be too costly or cause significant delay. That decision will be made by December 1, 2018.

"Elementary School #9" would be designed and built to open in the fall of 2021. Following voter approval of the capital bond, the planning would begin in March with architect selection, educational specifications, and finance preparation. Construction would commence during the early spring of 2020.

The addition of two new schools provides sixty new permanent classrooms beyond present capacity. In addition to creating capacity for growth, they will also relieve pressures currently felt by neighboring schools, especially impacting the overcrowded Discovery, Harbor Heights, and Purdy Elementary Schools. New and expanded Artondale and Evergreen schools would not only replace our oldest elementary schools, but also add seventeen additional classrooms. Collectively, the four schools add over fifty percent additional permanent classrooms for our elementary children.

The question has been asked regarding the future use of the sixty-six portables which can be released by the new construction. Depending on the growth over the next three years, some of the portables now in use at the elementary schools will be removed and become available for use at the secondary schools. Current projections predict continuing growth moving from elementary to secondary levels.

Growing fast chart

"The overcrowding in the elementary schools is the No.1 issue. Right now, we are using 66 portables. For a school district like Peninsula, which is a terrific school system, to have that many unhoused students, is really unheard of."
DR. ART JARIVS,
Interim Superintendent,
Peninsula School District