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Proposition 1 -- Neighborhood School Improvements and Safety Upgrades

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Aged and Deteriorating Neighborhood Schools District-wide – Significant Needs Now

  • Needed building improvements in neighborhood schools district-wide (only 6 schools not included because recently replaced or modernized)
  • 14 Neighborhood Schools renovated/replaced district-wide – Many built in 1920’s
  • Average age of Schools for Replacement/Renovation: 74 years
  • Major School Improvement bond not passed since 2001 – 12 years ago.

Improved Learning Environments for All Students

  • Up-to-date classrooms, school and athletic facilities district-wide to meet student enrollment and anticipated needs over next decade
  • Adequate classroom space to preserve small class sizes in elementary schools
  • Replace temporary portable classrooms (SAMI, Arlington, Boze, Lyon, Grant, Downing)
  • Up-to-date technology to meet classroom needs for schools being replaced / renovated

Safety and Health Upgrades District-wide

  • Life Safety Improvements – School Intercom systems; Fire Alarm and Sprinkler system upgrades to meet current standards
  • Earthquake safety, seismic improvement; replacement of aged, deteriorating roofs
  • Clean Air, Safe Water - HVAC, Plumbing, Energy efficient heating and windows
  • Playgrounds, playfields and athletic facilities improvements to meet current safety standards

Current Record-Low Financing & Construction Costs

  • 25-year long-term financing at historically low rates now (Similar to record low mortgage rates for homeowner; refinancing means more schools at less cost)
  • Construction costs low, allowing for more school improvements district-wide
  • Further deterioration of neighborhood schools adds to costs the longer we wait
  • $500 million investment in Tacoma economy now, including local jobs to improve neighborhood schools
  • Cost the average Tacoma homeowner approximately $58.24 per year or $4.85 per month compared to the bare minimum costs required to just keep current schools open and functioning

Neighborhood Elementary, Middle & High Schools for Replacement/Renovation     

Name of School



Arlington Elementary School​ ​Replace ​1924 ​1953
Birney Elementary School​ ​Replace ​1961 ​1971
​Boze Elementary School ​Replace ​1969 ​1989
​Browns Point Elementary School ​Replace ​1952 ​1970
Downing Elementary School​ ​Replace ​1948 ​1973
​Grant Elementary School ​Replace ​1919 ​1982
​Hunt Middle School ​Replace 1957​ ​1974
Mary Lyon Elementary School​ ​Replace ​1924 ​1967
​McCarver Elementary School ​Modernize ​1924
Science and Math Institute (SAMI)​ ​Construct ​----- ​-----
​Stewart Middle School ​Modernize ​1924 ​1973
​Wainwright Elementary School ​Replace ​1922 ​1970
Wilson High School​ ​Modernize ​1958 ​1968


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