Ballot includes proposals for more than $700M for schools

Most districts are asking for program and operation levies to replace ones that are expiring.

EVERETT — The Feb. 13 special election ballot for Snohomish County has a lot on the line, including proposals for more than $700 million in school construction.

Friday was the deadline for getting in measures for the February election. More than two dozen requests will be decided.

“The election will nearly be countywide,” said Garth Fell, the county’s elections and recording manager.

Most school districts are asking for program and operation levies to replace ones that are expiring. Several also are seeking capital and technology levies. Levies require a simple majority.

Arlington, Everett and Northshore are hoping that voters will approve construction bond measures, which require a 60 percent “yes” vote.

Everett’s bond proposition is for $330.6 million, of which nearly two-thirds, $216.8 million, would be for the construction of a new comprehensive high school to open in 2022 in the district’s fast-growing south end. Proposed on 180th Street, the district recently agreed to use eminent domain to acquire some parcels needed for build-out of the campus.

Another $38 million would go to adding 36 classrooms at eight elementary schools to meet demand created by a state law requiring smaller class sizes in kindergarten through third grades. There’s $5 million to acquire property for a future elementary school and $22.8 million to enlarge and modernize the Everett High School cafeteria building.

A key component, from the school board’s standpoint, is the $32.5 million earmarked for adding specialized STEM and vocational programs at Everett, Cascade and Jackson high schools. Under the plan, aerospace and advanced manufacturing courses would be emphasized at Cascade High, medical career pathways at Everett High, and communication and information technology careers at Jackson High.

Voters in Arlington will decide a $107.5 million bond measure. The big ticket item would be a $72 million replacement of Post Middle School, which is four buildings with exterior walkways. The district says the layout poses a security problem.

The bond proposal also addresses projected enrollment growth. Arlington High School, for instance, would add an eight-classroom addition to the C Wing. These days, the campus serves about 1,600 students, but larger classes are in the pipeline.

Northshore’s bond measure seeks $275 million and would build a new elementary school on a district-owned site near Maltby. It also includes room for expansion, including adding classrooms to Skyview Middle and Canyon Creek Elementary schools in south Snohomish County.

Replacement and operation levies are on the ballot in Darrington, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Index, Lake Stevens, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Northshore, Snohomish and Sultan. Districts seeking technology and in some cases capital improvement levies are Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Marysville, Mukilteo, Northshore, Snohomish, Stanwood-Camano and Sultan.

Voters in Lake Stevens also will decide on a measure to build a new library. The bond measure seeks up to $17 million to build and furnish a new 20,000-square-foot library near 99th Avenue NE and Market Place in an area known as Chapel Hill.

It would be owned and maintained by Sno-Isle Libraries.

In Darrington, the fire district is asking voters to raise the lid on its levy rate, allowing it to collect $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value for firefighting and emergency medical care. The district reports increased calls from 380 in 2011 to more than 600 projected in 2017. It also wants to increase volunteer stipends, which are now $10 for most calls and $20 on ambulance transports, which typically take two to four hours.

The rate increase would cost about $8.62 more a month on a $200,000 home, according to district estimates.

Fell, the elections manager, said the county is looking for people interested in participating on committees that would write statements for or against different measures. The deadline is the end of the business day Monday. Anyone interested can email candidates@snoco.org.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Local News

A view of one of the potential locations of the new Aquasox stadium on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024 in Everett, Washington. The site sits between Hewitt Avenue, Broadway, Pacific Avenue and the railroad. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
20 businesses could be demolished for downtown Everett stadium

Some business owners say the city didn’t tell them of plans for a new AquaSox stadium that could displace their businesses.

Kathy Purviance-Snow poses for a photo in her computer lab at Snohomish High School on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, in Snohomish, WA. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
To ban or embrace ChatGPT? Local teachers fight AI with AI — or don’t

“It has fundamentally changed my teaching in really stressful and exciting ways,” an EvCC teacher said. At all levels of education, ChatGPT poses a tricky question.

In this Feb. 5, 2018, file photo a Boeing 737 MAX 7 is displayed during a debut for employees and media of the new jet in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
FAA gives Boeing 90 days to develop plan to fix quality, safety issues

The agency’s ultimatum comes a day after a meeting with CEO Dave Calhoun and other top Boeing officials in Washington, D.C.

A man walks by Pfizer headquarters, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in New York. Pfizer will spend about $43 billion to buy Seagen and broaden its reach into cancer treatments, the pharmaceutical giant said. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan, File)
Pfizer backs out of Everett manufacturing plant after $43B Seagen deal

Pfizer finalized the acquisition of the Bothell-based cancer drug developer in December.

SonShine Preschool inside First Baptist Church Monroe is pictured Friday, March 1, 2024, in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
SonShine preschool in Monroe to close at the end of the year

The preschool, operated by First Baptist Church, served kids for 25 years. School leadership did not explain the reason behind the closure.

Cars drive through snow along I-5 in Snohomish County, Washington on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)
In March, 7 p.m. sunsets are back for Western Washington

Washingtonians will finally start seeing more sun starting March 10. But a little more winter could be on the way first.

One of the parking lots at Stevens Pass Thursday afternoon on December 30, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Stevens Pass to charge $20 for parking reservations on busy days

Two-thirds of spaces will remain free for early arrivers on weekends. Cars with four or more occupants can also park free.

Lynnwood
Days after shootout with Lynnwood police, suspect checks into hospital

Police learned the 18-year-old was in a hospital in Portland, Oregon. His alleged role in the shooting remained unclear.

Everett
Snohomish County pharmacy tech accused of stealing 2,500 opioid pills

Rachel Langdon stole oxycodone while working at a Snohomish County pharmacy, according to state Department of Health allegations.

Patrick Kunz speaks during his sentencing on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, at Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett, Washington.(Annie Barker / The Herald)
Everett gymnastics coach who spied on students sentenced to 6 months

Patrick Kunz, 47, pleaded guilty to charges of voyuerism and possession of child pornography last month.

Traffic moves along Highway 526 in front of Boeing’s Everett Production Facility on Nov. 28, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / Sound Publishing)
Everett transgender mechanic alleges Boeing treated her ‘like a zoo animal’

For years, Boeing allowed toxicity “to fester and grow” at its Everett factory, according to Rachel Rasmussen, an employee from 1989 to 2024.

Everett police officers survey the scene of a shooting along East Casino Road on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Washington’s 5th police academy could be in Snohomish County

A new academy in Northwest Washington would help clear a lengthy wait list for new police hires to get training.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.