Investing in schools and students in every neighborhood across Tacoma
Proposition 1 will invest in aged and deteriorating schools in every neighborhood to help ensure every child, regardless of background or economic circumstance, has a school that provides a safe and challenging learning environment. Proposition 1 would renovate or replace 14 Neighborhood Schools (average age 74 years old) and make needed safety repairs and upgrades at nearly all other schools district-wide.
Health and safety upgrades for all students
Proposition 1 will help create and maintain safe learning environments at all schools including basic Life Safety Improvements; replacing deteriorated roofs; retrofitting buildings for earthquake safety; updating aged fire alarm, sprinkler, and school intercom systems used in emergencies; improving HVAC systems, plumbing and energy-efficient heating and windows to help ensure clean air and safe water; and upgrading playgrounds, playfields and athletic facilities to meet current safety standards.
Improved student learning environments district-wide
Proposition 1 will provide students and teachers with the best possible environments for teaching and learning. The measure will help ensure adequate classroom space to preserve small class sizes in elementary schools. The measure will replace temporary portable classrooms district-wide and provide up-to-date classrooms, school and athletic facilities to meet student enrollment and anticipated needs over the next decade.
Investing in Tacoma schools now, when it’s needed, to avoid higher costs in the future
Proposition 1 will address needed school improvements and safety upgrades in all neighborhoods across Tacoma. Long-term financing and construction costs are near all-time lows, which allow the District to stretch dollars further and invest $500 million in the local economy, including good-paying family-wage jobs. Like a leaky roof, the longer we wait, the more serious the deterioration and the more costly to repair or replace.