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APPROVE BELLINGHAM BOND

Ballots must be postmarked or received at city drop-box locations by Tuesday, February 13, 2017

The election will includes a school bond.  For more information view the district's bond webpage.


Proposed bond projects:
  • Rebuilding Alderwood, Parkview and Sunnyland elementary schools: These three schools were also recommended due to their proximity to the growth occurring in north Bellingham, allowing for additional enrollment capacity or “infill” of our existing elementary schools before building a 15th elementary school in a future bond (not part of this bond recommendation).
  • Completing the remaining 2013 bond projects: Sehome High School rebuild; Central Kitchen; and Transportation Garage improvements. The task force learned that since original estimates were developed in 2012 for these projects that are currently in the planning phase, construction costs have escalated and the Sehome project in particular is subject to new storm water, electrical, mechanical and building regulations.
  • Improving safety and security at schools: Lockdown shades to eliminate visibility into classrooms and school areas from the exterior when needed; radio communication; PA/intercom for all school areas, including portables; access control for more secured entrances at some schools in need; door locking systems; security cameras for exterior vandalism deterrent and protection; and cameras in some commons interior areas such as hallways (all school offices have cameras from the previous bond).
  • Protecting and maintaining our facility investments in our existing schools, similar to homeowners that need to replace building systems including roofs, windows, flooring, heating and ventilation, etc.
  • Providing long-term technology infrastructure improvements and reader boards for schools that need them to avoid parent organizations fundraising for this purpose.
  • Making facility improvements for the health and wellness of our students and community: The second phase of turf fields for soccer, baseball and softball at Bellingham, Sehome and Squalicum high schools; one more tennis court at Bellingham and Squalicum high schools so all three comprehensive high schools have six tennis courts; improving drainage and the usability of some elementary school fields so parent organizations don’t have to fundraise for this purpose; and additional gym space at Shuksan Middle School.