On November 8, 2018, the Peninsula School District Board of Directors approved Superintendent Jarvis’ capital projects proposal, which places a bond on the February 12, 2019 special election ballot.
This bond addresses overcrowding issues at the elementary schools with three main focus areas:
- Building Two New Elementary Schools
- Elementary School #9 to be constructed on the Harbor Hills North site; bidding before March 2020.
- Elementary School #10 to be constructed on the Bujacich site; bidding before March 2021.
(Note: In the event that the early permitting process reveals the Bujacich site to be problematic and thereby causing significant delay and/or unacceptable site costs, it is recommended that the district immediately purchase an appropriate elementary site.)
- Replacing and Expanding Artondale And Evergreen Elementary Schools
- Artondale Elementary School is recommended for total replacement and increased capacity; bidding before March 2020.
- Evergreen Elementary School is recommended for total replacement and increased capacity; bidding before March 2021.
- Addressing Emergent Capital Needs Throughout the District
- Normal maintenance budgets will continue to be utilized, and the additional capital funding will be used for major system repairs and replacements. Such needs include, but are not limited to: mechanical and electrical system failures, roofing failures, plumbing failures, and safety and security improvements.
Capital Projects Impact of Recommended Projects:
- Total elementary school permanent classrooms will increase from 148 to 225, an increase of 77 permanent classrooms to house elementary school children.
- The current housing of children in portables is the equivalent of more than two large elementary schools. This dependence is eliminated, although portable classrooms remain available capacity for growth.
- The replacement of Artondale Elementary School will provide a total of thirty permanent classrooms in lieu of the twenty-three classrooms of 1952, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1988, and 1991 vintage.
- The replacement of Evergreen Elementary School will provide a total of eighteen permanent classrooms in lieu of the 1955 construction of eight rooms.
- Providing resource funding for repair of failed and failing systems avoids school shutdowns and subsequent general fund budget crises.
Funding Amount and Mechanism:
- The amount required to fund the recommended projects is $198,550,000.
- The funding mechanism for the identified capital projects is a bond issue.
- The 2020 tax rate to fund this bond issue is estimated to be $0.79 per thousand.
More information, including Superintendent Jarvis’ complete proposal and the official resolution adopted by the Board, can be found by clicking on the links to the left.