Ballots for special election to be mailed Wednesday

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Photo by Chris Roberts
By Evan Smith

Ballots for the February 14 special election will arrive soon.

King County elections officials will mail ballots to all registered voters Wednesday.

The deadline to register by mail or online to vote in the election or for current Washington voters to update their addresses was January 16, but new Washington voters may register in person through February 6 at either the King County elections office in Renton or the county elections annex in downtown Seattle.

Ballot drop boxes in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park will open Thursday.

The only item on local ballots will be a Shoreline School District bond measure to rebuild the district’s two middle schools and one of its elementary schools and to build an early learning center.

The bond measure requires a 60 percent “yes” vote to pass and needs a minimum turnout of 16,002 voters – 40 percent of the number of ballots cast in the district during the last general election.

Shoreline School District Proposition 1 is one of only two measures on February ballots around King County.

Cities and school districts around Washington often are reluctant to put bond measures on the ballot in the year after a presidential election because the required turnout is high due to the high turnout the previous November.

Voters must leave ballots in drop boxes by Election Day at 8pm or mail them so they get postmarked by Election Day February 14.

Here is the Shoreline School District ballot title:

Shoreline School District No. 412

Proposition No. 1

Bonds to Rebuild Schools and Build an Early Learning Center

The Board of Directors of Shoreline School District No. 412 adopted Resolution No. 2016-19, concerning a proposition to enhance the learning environment and relieve overcrowding. This proposition would authorize the District to:  rebuild Kellogg Middle School, Einstein Middle School and Parkwood Elementary School; build an Early Learning Center at the Children's Center Site that will house the District's mandatory Early Childhood Education program, as well as Shoreline Children's Center and Head Start programs; issue no more than $250,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 20 years; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds, all as provided in Resolution No. 2016-19. Should this proposition be:

Approved __

Rejected ___

Updated 01-25-17 Ballot must be postmarked by February 14, Election day


Anonymous,  February 6, 2017 at 5:51 PM  

I am trying to figure this out-- $250,000,000 for 3 buildings and a Children's Center and Head Start Program works out to 3 Sixty million dollar buildings and the other 70 million for two programs. 3 Sixty Million Dollar buildings? What am I missing here? Can someone explain these numbers?

DKH February 7, 2017 at 12:15 PM  

Marla Miller at Shoreline Schools responds: The bond is to build four schools — two middle schools, one elementary school, and the equivalent of another elementary school. The Early Learning Center will house at least the same capacity as an elementary school - the current enrollment among the three early learning programs designated for the building is over 600, and although we haven’t designed the building yet the Instructional Program Planning and Facilities Planning Committees expressed an interest in expanding capacity if possible. The cost estimates for the construction program are based on the District’s actual costs to construct the high schools plus recent costs to build similarly-sized middle and elementary schools in school districts in the region.

The Children’s Center or Early Childhood Education/Head Start programs fully occupy the old Meridian Park Elementary school plus 8 additional classrooms at the current Meridian Park Elementary School.

In the FAQ section on the bond webpage at a similar question is answered in details under “How was the bond amount determined?”

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