2016 Bond Progress
On Feb. 9, 2016, Tukwila residents passed a Construction Bond with 68.24 percent approval. It authorizes the Tukwila School District to issue $99.16 million in bonds to improve the safety of buildings, alleviate overcrowding in schools, and repair/maintain infrastructures such as roofs and heating systems that have exceeded their expected life cycles. The bond’s major projects include adding a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) academic wing at Foster High and Showalter Middle and expanding core facilities at both schools; building a new Birth to Five Center for all preschool and kindergarten programs, which will alleviate crowding at our three elementary schools; and ongoing repairs and maintenance at all buildings.
- More information about the bond development process, led by a committee of community stakeholders
- More information about the bond and two levies approved on the Feb. 9, 2016, ballot
Immediately following the passage of the bond, we conducted an extensive search process—including full-day interviews and visits to similar school projects—to find architects for the first projects in the timeline, the Foster High School expansion/modernization and Birth to Kindergarten Center. In late February, the school board authorized hiring BLRB Architects for the Foster project and NAC Architects for the Birth to Kindergarten Center. Throughout March and April, we will complete a thorough survey of student growth projections, building conditions, and education specifications to be able to put together the complete architectural plans in preparation for the first bond sale. The work will be led by an executive team for each project, with administrator, principal, teacher, staff, student, and community representation. These teams will oversee the projects now until completion. KMB Architects will act as project managers for all of the bond projects.
Contact Deputy Superintendent Dr. Judith Berry, 206-901-8037.