2018 Bonds to construct and renovate school facilities and improve security


During a special meeting on June 18, 2018, the Arlington Public Schools Board of Directors approved running a bond proposal in November 2018. The district previously ran a bond proposal in February 2018 that fell short of a 60 percent threshold required for approval by a little over 300 votes.

This spring, the district held focused discussion groups with parents, staff and community members and also conducted telephone surveys to gain insight as to why the February bond proposal did not meet the threshold. The Facilities Advisory Committee also provided insight and recommendations to the board.

“The feedback we received indicated that there were some factors that worked against the passage of the bond in February, including uncertainly about taxes and school funding,” said Superintendent Dr. Chrys Sweeting. “The needs presented in the February bond package still exist.”

In November, voters will decide on a $107,500,000 bond proposal which will include a rebuild of Post Middle School, the addition of classrooms at Arlington High School, and several safety and security upgrades at all schools in the district. Approval of the November 2018 bond proposal will not result in a local tax rate increase.

“This summer, we’re constructing new portables at Kent Prairie Elementary and the Stillaguamish Valley Learning Center,” said Brian Lewis, Executive Director of Operations. “Growth is coming to Arlington and we need to be prepared to handle that growth. Two-hundred eighty-three housing units have been completed in the boundaries of the school district in the past year and another 146 are under construction or in the permitting process right now. The projects in the bond proposal will help the community prepare for growth. The longer we wait to address these building needs, the more it will cost in the long run.”

Bond Brochure

Draft Nov. 6 Ballot
Here's a link to the draft ballot the Snohomish County Auditor will mail to voters registered within the boundaries of the Arlington School District. The school district's bond question is the last question on the ballot at the very end of page 2.

Res Nov 2018 Election
A resolution adopted by the Board of Directors on June 18, 2018 authorizing the placement of a question to voters regarding approval for the district to issue $107.5 million in bonds to support the construction of a replacement for Post Middle School, add 8 classrooms to Arlington High School, construct a Technology and Arts Workshop at Arlington High School, and make safety, security, and efficiency improvements across the district.

Arlington Levy Projection (Scenario 42)
A spreadsheet showing the property tax rates per $1,000 of assessed valuation for the district's voter approved educational programs and operations levy and a the debt service levy that would result from approval of the proposed bonds. Viewers should note that approval of the bonds does not result in an increased total local schools tax rate from 2018 levels. The total local schools tax rate decreases from $4.68 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 2018 to $3.16 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 2019.

Questions about the bond? Please call Brian Lewis at 360-618-6238.