Voters are being asked to pass a $518 million bond bill. The district said that as the bonds and taxes expire, local school taxes will be stable.
SEATAC, Wash – The buildings at Tyee High School are dilapidated and outdated, according to Assistant Principal Don Miller.
“What’s the priority, right, like electricity and heat so our students can learn or a hole in the ceiling?” Miller asked.
This building is where 15-year-old Jurnee Robinson goes to school every day.
“Tyee feels like it’s been forgotten by the district and Evergreen. We feel like we’re last on the list on purpose. And we don’t know if that’s true, but it is. the way we tend to feel,” says Robinson.
Robinson said she feels this way because in the district, Highline High is brand new and Mount Rainier High was built in 2007, but Evergreen and Tyee high schools, built about six decades ago, are being need to be repaired.
At Tyee High School, the campus has narrow corridors and is made up of nine buildings.
“Some of my friends are also worried about their safety going to school because most of the walls on our mobile devices are just glass. And it’s not convenient for us to evacuate the school either. Emergencies like earthquakes or fires and sad circumstances can happen, says Robinson.
The construction of three new schools and repairs across the district is on the ballot, with voters asked to pass the $518 million bond measure. The district said that as the bonds and taxes expire, local school taxes will be stable. A breakdown of the project’s costs is available on the district’s website.
“It will vary slightly from property to property, but for most homeowners, it will be the same,” said Catherine Carbone Rogers, High School Communications Director.
It’s an investment Robinson is hoping for because she sees the spoilage taking its toll.
“What happens is that most of the students here don’t see those opportunities because they’ve given up on the fact that they’re going to Tyee and not one of the choice schools or one of the new schools,” says Robinson. ,” said Robinson.
Miller said he thinks students at Highline and Mount Rainier have a variety of opportunities with modern buildings and technology.
“I don’t want to downplay the fact that our staff show up and show up every day for students, and are working as hard as they can to make sure that learning opportunities are there,” says Miller.
That’s why on the Tyee High campus they are calling for improvement.
“I would love to see the school reflect the greatness that is already here,” says Robinson.
The bond needs 60% approval for it to pass.
https://www.king5.com/article/news/education/highline-voters-decide-bond-rebuild-three-schools/281-37927a05-1616-4064-91b5-d466867bc183 ‘Feels forgotten’: Staff, students at Tyee High School say building needs repair