Add 12 classrooms, improve athletic facilities and add parking
To keep up with rapidly growing enrollment, aging buildings and critical safety updates, Kennewick School District is proposing a school construction bond on February 12, 2019.
Will school taxes increase?
If the 20-year bond is approved, school taxes will increase by $.30 per $1,000 of assessed property value but the overall tax rate will be less than what you paid in 2017 or 2018 due to recent changes by the state in how schools are funded.
A 60 percent supermajority is required to pass bonds.
Add 12 classrooms, add a weight training facility and improve athletic facilities
February 12 Bond Election - Remember To Vote!
New Amistad Elementary Opens
New Kennewick High School Opens
Kamiakin High School Addition Completed
Southridge High School Addition Completed
Elementary #18 Opens
New Ridge View Elementary Opens
Estimated Tax Rate: $0.30 per $1,000 of assessed property value on 20-year bond
$60.00 per year
$5.00 per month
$75.00 per year
$6.25 per month
$90.00 per year
$7.50 per month
$105.00 per year
$8.75 per month
$120.00 per year
$10.00 per month
Local & State School Taxes Will Decrease
Tax Rate Per $1,000 of Assessed Property Value
NOTE: If the bond is approved, school taxes will still be less than 2018 due to recent state changes in how schools are funded.
|Year||Levy||Tech Levy||State Education Tax||Bond||Total|
*Estimated Tax Rate
|Kennewick High School||$112||$56||$56|
|Kamiakin High School||$17||$4||$13|
|Southridge High School||$17||$6||$11|
|Ridge View Elementary||$30||$15||$15|
|Use Of Capital Fund||($5)||-||($5)|
Cost In Millions
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Administration Office, 1000 W. 4th Avenue, Kennewick WA, 99336
Thank you for the questions. As we receive new ones, we will add them here.
An easy way to remember the difference: Levies are for Learning. Bonds are for building. Levies and bonds are different funding measures and are used for different things. A levy supplements the state’s allotted funding for schools and provides funding to support learning and student programs. Levies are for maintaining the operations of the district. Bonds pay for higher cost long-term capital projects such as remodeling or construction of facilities. Levy money cannot be used for capital facility projects.
KSD enrollment has increased by 3,516 students during the past 10 years – that’s an average of 351 students per year. To keep up with this growth and get students out of portable classrooms, we need to expand our high schools to accommodate up to 2,000 students. This will also push the need to build a fourth high school out an estimated 8 to 10 years. Older buildings, such as Kennewick High (opened in 1951), Amistad Elementary and Ridge View Elementary, have outgrown their useful life and are in need of replacement.
The bond is financed over 20 years and the tax rate is estimated to stay the same at $0.30 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
Kennewick School District facilities’ planning is guided by the Capital Facilities Plan (2018-2028). A Capital Facilities Advisory Committee, comprised of community members and school district administrators, meets regularly and works together to make recommendations to the school board on the projects that will be included in the bond.
These schools will likely be part of a 2025 bond and next on the list for replacement/remodel. All of these schools will be eligible for state construction assistance between 2025 and 2029. Our Capital Facilities Plan (2018-2028) details the coming projects.
Kennewick High students will attend classes in adjacent buildings and portable classrooms. Kennewick High will continue to use the 400 wing and the Annex building since they are out of the way of construction. In addition, Kennewick High will use the old Legacy High School facility and the five double portables formerly occupied by Mid-Columbia Partnership and the Fruitland building. Kennewick High’s current eight portables will be moved to the Fruitland parking lot for continued use. Construction is estimated to take two years. Kennewick High Temporary Campus
The new school will offer several opportunities for "hands-on" learning. The spaces listed below reflect some of the programs Kennewick High will offer when we open the new building. Many of these spaces are designed to be flexible so the school can adapt to meet the needs and interests of students in the future.
The District is committed to a highly transparent process before, during and after construction. We have, and will continue to, provide regular updates and progress reports to the community. Also, school construction bonds can only legally be used as described in the resolution passed by the Board of Directors in November. Diversion of these funds to other projects is not legal or possible without voter approval.