Early Childhood Learning Construction
Birth to Kindergarten Center
In 2016, the residents of Tukwila passed a Bond in support of the students in the Tukwila School District. The Bond included the construction of a Birth to Kindergarten Center, which would house all of the current preschool and Kindergarten classes.
However, since the bond was passed, enrollment in our schools has declined considerably. At the same time, the cost of construction in King County has risen 15 to 30 percent higher than estimated when the Birth to Kindergarten Center was originally planned.
Because of both declining enrollment and rising construction costs, building a Birth to Kindergarten Center was no longer a practical or fiscally responsible option. However, the district wanted to ensure that it met its commitment to expanding early learning programming. In order to meet this objective, the Tukwila School District’s Board of Directors sought the public's input on how to reallocate the bond proceeds originally set aside for building the Birth to Kindergarten Center.
The Tukwila School District Board of Directors held a Public Hearing on October 12, 2017 for the purpose of updating community members on the status of the Birth to Kindergarten Center planning, and to obtain public comments. During the public hearing, district administration presented options to meet the Birth to K bond objectives, including using some of the money to add more classroom space and to expand its preschool programs at either some or all of the district's elementary schools. Department leaders also presented options for improvements in other areas around the district - athletics, technology, HVAC and plumbing, are just a few examples.
On December 12, 2017 at a Regular Board Meeting, the Tukwila School Board of Directors passed Resolution No. 862 to forego the building of the Birth to Kindergarten Center.
Modular Classroom Addition at three Elementary Schools
To meet the requirements of the Bond objectives to support early learning in lieu of building a Birth to Kindergarten Center, the District plans to add six (6) pre-kindergarten classrooms, two (2) at each of the elementary schools listed above. To accomplish this goal, there will be one (1) modular classroom building, approximately 1,900 SF, added to each school facility at a location to be determined. Each modular will house two (2) classrooms, likely for 5th Grade classes that will move from the existing facility. The two (2) vacated existing classrooms will be renovated to provide two (2) new pre-kindergarten classrooms. Work will include adding bathrooms, possible casework, new carpet, new lighting fixtures, and painting at each classroom. A playground for pre-school students will be updated or replaced at each elementary.
Construction is expected to start early 2019 and be complete by Fall 2019.
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