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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. 

The bond will replace Kennewick High School and add more classrooms to Kamiakin and Southridge, while also improving athletic facilities. Amistad and Ridge View Elementary Schools will be replaced and a new elementary school will be added in a high-growth area.

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.

Bond Projects

KeHS Front Entry

Replace 1950's building with a two-story school

3

Add 12 classrooms, improve athletic facilities and add parking

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Add 12 classrooms, add a weight training facility and improve athletic facilities 

Amistad render 2

Replace school and connect to a classroom addition currently being built

New Rendering 2

Add a new school on property in a high-growth area

Ridge View Temp

Replace or remodel and expand current school

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Purchase land for future schools

mainteneace

Maintain and upgrade existing facilities

Timeline

2019

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2019

New Amistad Elementary Opens

2019

New Kennewick High School Opens

Kamiakin High School Addition Completed

Southridge High School Addition Completed

2019

Elementary #18 Opens

2019

New Ridge View Elementary Opens

Bond Tax Rate

Estimated Tax Rate: $0.30 per $1,000 of assessed property value on 20-year bond

$200,000

$60.00 per year
$5.00 per month

$250,000

$75.00 per year
$6.25 per month

$300,000

$90.00 per year
$7.50 per month

$350,000

$105.00 per year
$8.75 per month

$400,000

$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
2017 $3.41 - $2.15 $1.61 $7.17
2018 $3.37 - $3.17 $1.62 $8.16
2019 $1.50 $0.47* $3.17 $1.50* $6.64*
2020 $1.50 $0.46* $3.17 $1.80* $6.94*

*Estimated Tax Rate

Project Costs

Bond Cost: $125 Million (Local Share)

Projects Estimated Cost
State Construction
Assistance
Local Share
Kennewick High School $112 $56 $56
Kamiakin High School $17 $4 $13
Southridge High School $17 $6 $11
Amistad Elementary $18 $8 $10
Elementary #18 $30 $15 $15
Ridge View Elementary $30 $15 $15
Property Acquisition $5 $0 $5
Capital Improvements $5 $0 $5
Total $234 $104 $130
Use Of Capital Fund ($5) - ($5)
Total $229 $104 $125

Cost In Millions

Community Presentations

Join us to learn more about the bond and ask questions.

Thursday, January 107:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 166:30-7:30 p.m.

Administration Office, 1000 W. 4th Avenue, Kennewick WA, 99336

Vote February 12

Ballots for the election will be mailed January 23 and must be postmarked or dropped off at an official collection box by February 12.

Register as a new voter and change your address until January 14. Register in-person until February 4. 

FAQs

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.

The last school construction bond passed by voters in Kennewick was in 2015 for $89.5 million. That measure financed the replacement of Desert Hills Middle School, the new Chinook Middle School, the new Sage Crest Elementary, the replacement of Westgate Elementary, and a portion of the new Amon Creek Elementary.

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.

  • Full metal shop that includes welding stations, traditional metal working tools and work benches, securable outside access, laser/plasma cutters, and a ventilated painting booth.
  • Agricultural Science classroom that includes access to the metal shop, science lab space for 30 students, and a full greenhouse.
  • A maker space connected to two computer science classrooms that includes 3D printers, CNC machines, and work space for assembly, soldering, etc...
  • Large 3D art classroom that allows for ceramics and glass work.
  • Food and nutrition classroom that includes kitchen work stations.
  • Photography classroom that includes space for video production.
  • Business Marketing classrooms that include space for a student bank (currently run by GESA credit union) and a student store.
  • Student run coffee shop.
The district has reviewed options with the City of Kennewick and it was decided that the most feasible option is to install Rectangle Rapid Flashing Beacons at the crossings from the Kamiakin student parking lot to the campus.

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.

State school construction assistance is available only on the classroom/building portion of the projects, not athletic improvements or parking.
If your annual income does not exceed $40,000 and you own and reside in your home, including mobile homes, you may be able to get a tax reduction. You must be at least 61 years of age or, if under 61, retired because of a disability and unable to work. To apply for the senior/disabled exemption, contact the Benton County Assessor. As a senior, you may also qualify to have your taxes "deferred" and paid by your estate. See the Benton County Assessor website for more information.
The state of Washington is responsible for funding education. In fact, our constitution calls funding education the “paramount duty” of the state legislature. This does not, however, including providing funding for the construction or replacement of schools. That responsibility falls to the communities served by the school districts. Local funding of school construction projects helps ensure that communities maintain a strong voice in how their educational systems are operated.

Questions? info@ksd.org

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