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    Explore the P-5 Campus

    Plans for Lake Stevens High School
    On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, Lake Stevens voters will consider a $116 million school construction bond that will allow the school district to:

    • Build a new elementary school and an Early Learning Center, the P-5 Campus, on district-owned land off of Lake Drive;

    • Replace and expand selected buildings at Lake Stevens High School to modernize the entire campus and to construct new learning spaces for general education, Special Education, music and athletics; improvements to the swimming pool; upgrades to campus security; replacement of heating, ventilation, roofing and electrical systems; and improvements to student parking and bus loading areas;

    • Make districtwide improvements to school safety and security, including entrances, video surveillance, intercoms and door access controls; and

    • Make districtwide health, safety, security, educational and infrastructure improvements, including—HVAC systems and roofs throughout the district; system replacements at Glenwood and Skyline Elementary Schools; and track replacements at Lake Stevens and North Lake Middle Schools and Lake Stevens High School.

    Our Q&A gives specific project details, tax rate information and highlights the decision-making process 

    How much will these projects cost?

    The 20-year bond is for $116 million. The total project cost is $146 million—$116 million in local funds and $30 million in state construction assistance funds. The approximate bond rate per $1,000 of assessed value is an increase of $1.21.

    • If approved, the owner of a $200,000 home would pay approximately $20 more each month
    • The owner of a $350,000 home would pay approximately $35 more each month 
    • The owner of a $500,000 home would pay approximately $50 more each month

    We will maximize $30 million in state construction assistance funds to minimize the costs to our taxpayers. Remember, voters approve tax amounts ($116 million), not tax rates ($1.21 per $1,000 of assessed value). The majority of the Lake Stevens tax base is made up of homes with a very small business community. We understand that this puts more of a burden on residential taxpayers. The Board of Directors was very cognizant of this when determining the amount of the bond. Over the past three years, we have refinanced portions of the 2005 and 2006 bonds that resulted in decreased interest payments. The combined refinances will save taxpayers a total of $3.3 million over the life of the bonds.

    Project Details
    New Elementary School

    The new school will be designed to house 550 students, but core spaces like the cafeteria, gymnasium and parking lots will be able to accommodate well over 600 students. The square footage of the new school will also be larger than our current elementary schools.

    Design and permitting for the new school is well underway. Teachers, specialists, support staff and administrators have been heavily involved in the design process. As work continues, students, parents and the community will be engaged in the process.  

    The earliest we can build and open a new elementary school is the 2017-18 school year. Even with this new school, our elementary schools will still be crowded. However, this new school will reduce elementary enrollment throughout the district. As we progress in the construction process, a boundary committee will be formed to determine, with board approval, which students will attend the new elementary school.

    New Early Learning Center

    Our current Early Learning Center (ELC) runs our Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) and our Developmental Preschool Program and is adjacent to Hillcrest Elementary School. The ELC is housed in a modular building that was designed as a temporary alternative high school. It is not conducive to the early learning needs of three-, four-, and five-year-olds. Research has shown that the early years in a child’s life represent a critically important window of opportunity to develop a child’s full potential that determines a child’s success in school and in life.

    Early learning matters

    ECEAP is a comprehensive preschool program that provides education, family support and parental involvement and child health and nutrition services for students and their families. ECEAP serves three- and four-year-olds from low income families, or with developmental or environmental risk factors that could interfere with school success. Research shows that programs like ECEAP save states and communities money by reducing the need for remedial services in schools, social services and criminal justice. With a larger space, we would be able to accommodate more families.  

    The Developmental Preschool Program supports developmentally disabled students. These students benefit from instruction by certified special education teachers, speech therapists, occupational and physical therapists and audiologists. There are no income requirements to attend the developmental preschool program, and students are served based on a ChildFind evaluation.

    Both programs create a strong foundation for future success in school and help support family engagement.


    P-5 Campus
    The P-5 Campus (new elementary school and Early Learning Center) will be built on 38 acres of district-owned land between Lake Drive and Soper Hill Road. This property was initially purchased to build a middle school, and is large enough to accommodate one in the future. 
    Lake Drive property        
    P-5 site plan  

    Lake Stevens High School

    The high school was built in 1979 and is 36-years-old. Some additions and modernizations were made in 1995 and 2007, but our building condition studies show several systems are failing and in need of replacement. These include:

    • Classrooms are too small to adequately support students and instruction. 

    • The open style campus is difficult to safely secure. 

    • Restrooms are deteriorating and fixtures and finishes have exceeded their useful life.

    • The high school has an abundance of portable classrooms that are aging and do not provide a comfortable learning space for students.

    • The Special Education program doesn’t have the space and facilities needed to support its unique student population.

    • Participation in the high school’s vocal and instrumental music program has quadrupled over the last 10 years. Students cannot fit into music classrooms, storage is extremely limited and the lack of adequate ventilation makes it difficult to learn.

    • The high school’s gymnasium isn’t large enough for all of its students, making PE classes, assemblies and community events extremely challenging. Locker rooms and PE instructional spaces are deteriorating and are not meeting the needs of our students.  

    With the approval of the bond, the high school campus will be completely modernized. Buildings will be replaced and expanded to include: 
    • A new, two-story classroom building to support general education programs, including STEM and CTE

    • New athletic building

    • New spaces designed for music and Special Education

    • Modernization of the swimming pool and locker rooms

    • Replacement of heating, ventilation, roofing and electrical systems

    • Upgraded restroom facilities and finishes throughout the campus

    • System upgrades for campus security and emergency response

    • Improvement to student parking, drop off and bus loading areas

    Doesn’t the state pay for new schools?

    In Washington, school construction and capital projects are funded by voter-approved bonds. The state provides partial matching funds, only after voters pass a bond and build schools. We will stretch taxpayer dollars by leveraging approximately $30 million in state construction dollars for the P-5 campus and Lake Stevens High School.

    Learn More! 

    For more information, call 425-335-1500 or
    email Jayme Taylor