On February 12, 2019, Bainbridge Island registered voters will be asked to approve a capital projects levy to support Bainbridge Island public schools:
Prop 1: Completion & Essential Renovations Levy
The Board of Directors of Bainbridge Island School District No. 303 adopted Resolution No. 02-18-19 for capital projects. This proposition authorizes the completion of the replacement of the BHS 100 Building, and roofing, plumbing, security and other renovations, improvements and upgrades to school facilities, and authorizes the levies for such purposes on all taxable property within the District.
In 2016, Bainbridge Island voters approved a bond to replace Blakely Elementary and replace the 100 Building on the Bainbridge High School campus. In the 2+ years since the time of the bond’s approval, the greater Seattle region has experienced a boom in construction which has led to an increase in prices for labor and materials. This cost escalation — along with new building codes, an increase in sales tax and state funding that didn’t fully materialize — has resulted in a funding shortfall form the projects identified in the 2016 bond.
Ground broke on the new Blakely Elementary School in April 2018, and throughout the construction process, cost-cutting measures have been implemented (such as using metal siding instead of brick for a substantial savings). The new building will provide an ideal learning environment for years to come, and is slated to open in the fall of 2019.
Meanwhile, plans have been developed to replace the 100 Building at BHS. Like the Blakely project, the district has looked for ways to keep the project’s costs down. Despite the cost reductions, the district does not have the necessary funds to fully complete the project. Because of this shortfall, the district is placing a $15 million levy on the February 12, 2019 ballot.
The $15 million capital levy will provide funding to:
- Complete the replacement of the 100 Building at
Bainbridge High School and transform the current BHS commons into an auditorium. (This project is mostly funded from the 2016 bond.)
• Provide funding through 2025 for district-wide repairs and renovations (such as higher efficiency systems, school security upgrades).
Click here to see the presentation being used by BISD Administrators.
Click here to read the Resolution approved by the BISD Board of Directors.
Click here to visit the BISD webpage dedicated to Proposition 1.
Click here to view the Mahlum Architect School Board Presentation to the school board on January 10, 2019.
Bainbridge Island has a wonderful legacy of support for the Bainbridge Island School District. Please vote YES! Doing so allows BISD to stay on course with its construction projects and continue to fund district-wide maintenance through 2025.
Ballots must be postmarked by February 12, 2019 or dropped in the ballot box (located next to the BISD offices at 8489 NE Madison Ave.) by 8 p.m. on February 12, 2019.
This levy represents new taxes at the following rates:
(Collection Years, Approximate Levy Rate/$1,000 Assessed Value, Levy Amount)
2020, $0.30, $2,500,000
2021, $0.29, $2,500,000
2022, $0.29, $2,500,000
2023, $0.28, $2,500,000
2024, $0.27, $2,500,000
2025, $0.27, $2,500,000