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February 10, 2015 Bond – Quick Facts

  • A February 10, 2015 bond in the amount of $98,254,000 for a term of 25 years will provide for the construction of a new high school on the existing site to replace Port Angeles High School and renovate the Performing Arts Center.

  • Scope of the high school project:

      Program Area is 237,000 square feet; current is 222,000 square feet.  This would keep all existing programs at current size, provide larger commons space, and tie the campus together under “one roof.” Extra square footage accounts for added hallways, passing areas and collaboration space.

      All buildings except the Auditorium and Gym would be replaced. The existing Auditorium would be renovated, but there would be no work on the Gymnasium building.

      There would be no significant work on existing Track & Field space.

  • Local funding of the bond - $98,254,000 - would result in a property owner’s estimated property tax rate increase over today’s rates by $1.60 per $1,000 assessed value for 25 years based on 2014 values.

The Jefferson and Dry Creek Elementary School bonds will mature and be paid off in December 2015, right when the new bond would take effect. Currently, this amount is 46 cents estimated per $1,000 of assessed value. (Therefore, the total estimated Port Angeles High School bond cost - 46 cents + $1.60 - would be $2.06 per $1,000 assessed property value.)

  • To calculate your projected/estimated annual tax increase for the bond, divide your assessed property value by 1,000 and multiply by $1.60.  For example, a homeowner with a home valued at $172,250 (median sold price from zillow.com), the projected/estimated increase would be $275.60 annually or $22.97 monthly.
    Let’s do the math:  _(Your assessed property value_ / 1,000 x $1.60 = _(estimated annual increase)

  • The Jefferson and Dry Creek bonds will mature and be paid off in December 2015, right when the new bond would take effect.  Currently, this amount is 46¢ per $1,000 of assessed value.  With a new bond for the high school, it’s estimated this amount would increase by $1.60 per $1,000 assessed property value.

  • The timing is good for a bond election for several reasons:

      Dry Creek and Jefferson Elementary bonds will be paid off in December 2015, and this bond will follow directly behind with the least impact on taxpayers. 

      Current low interest rates on bond sales and competitive bidding for commercial projects indicate this is the right time to ask our community for funding. 

      Although our maintenance and custodian staff have done excellent work in keeping our buildings student-ready, Port Angeles High School’s aged facilities are no longer adequate to prepare our students for their future. Maintenance costs will decrease dramatically with newer and updated facilities.

      We are preparing and educating our children for the 21st Century. Business and industry need workers skilled in science, career tech education fields, engineering and mathematics. Our current facilities have reached the limit for keeping up with technological advancements in teaching and learning.

      The school’s systems (heat, ventilation, electric) cost more each year to maintain.  A new, energy efficient school can significantly reduce operational costs especially over time.

      Construction of a new high school will likely be a stimulus to our local economy, bringing with it the potential for increased jobs and increased spending in our community.

  • Bond money and levy money serve two very different purposes:  Bond money must be used to build or replace school buildings and major equipment. The School District cannot use bond funds for daily operations. Maintenance and operation levies help pay for the annual cost of running our schools. Washington State school districts depend on maintenance and operation levies for operating revenue.  State and federal funds only provide a portion of our funding needs. Currently, levy monies account for 20.5% of the School District budget.

  • You may notice two separate school district issues on the February 10, 2015 ballot:  a replacement maintenance and operations levy (to be considered by the Board at its November 13 meeting) and the bond for a new high school.  The bond allows us to build a new high school.  The levy presently supporting the School District expires at the end of December 2015 and needs to be replaced at this time.  Our community has approved every replacement levy since 1969. 

  • The bond work has solicited input and direction from staff, students and community members through the Long-Range Facilities Task Force (LRFTF) appointed in January 2013.  Consisting of 65+ participants from our schools and community, it was charged with long-range planning for the School District’s facilities, technology services, and educational support functions. The Task Force evaluated economic and demographic projections representing the anticipated enrollment capacity needed over the next five, ten and twenty years and the current physical condition and technological value of all School District properties. The Task Force recommended in December 2013 the Board of Directors move forward with asking voters to pass a bond up to the School District’s bonding capacity to build a new high school.  The Task Force made its second recommendation in June 2014 to recommend aPreK-5, 6-8, 9-12 configuration model as its preference for organization of the School District’s schools.

  • The Long-Range Facilities Task Force recommended starting a building replacement schedule with the high school since it takes into consideration the progression of students through the system so our youngest students won’t experience construction impact through their entire K12 education. Additionally, the high school benefits the entire district, all students, and many community members through activities and events.

  • McGranahan Architects representatives and a 15-member Capital Facilities Committee spent months providing input, gathering community feedback, holding public forums, and working with design concepts for a new high school with staff and students.  McGranahan summarized “top” feedback as follows:

      Immediate Need: Infrastructure, Technology, Energy Efficiency

      Future Need: Appropriate Teaching Spaces, Flexibility, Community Access

      Change: Condense Buildings, Better Indoor/Outdoor Connections

      Keep: Gym, Auditorium, Career Technical Education Programs

      Community Use: Gym, Auditorium, Fields, Improved Access to All

      Best Value: Sustainable Design, Flexibility, Infrastructure

      Aesthetics: Warm and Welcome, Cultural Connections, Natural Materials

      Need to Know: Cost, Tax Impacts, Curriculum Offerings

  • Bonds still require a supermajority (60%+1) votes to meet validation requirements.  Also to validate, 40% of the total number who voted in November 2014 must vote in the February 2015 election.  (Levies require a simple majority (50%+1) yes votes to pass and meet validation requirements.)

  • Vote by February 10, 2015!

Levy and Bond questions, comments and suggestions may be sent via email to:  info@portangelesschools.org, or by U.S. Mail to:  Superintendent, Port Angeles School District, 216 East Fourth Street, Port Angeles, WA  98362.