Overview

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, the Franklin Pierce Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution to place a bond measure on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot.

If the bond passes, there would be no tax increase for residents, since this bond would replace two previously passed measures.

What will this bond accomplish?

  • Safety and security enhancements at every school
  • New STEM labs to prep kids for 21st century jobs
  • Five worst condition schools replaced
  • Current tax rates maintained, not raised
  • Small class sizes preserved
  • Learning environments improved
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Why now?

Cheaper now than later: Our five worst condition schools – and Ford Middle School’s gym – have all reached the point where replacing them is cheaper than renovating. And if we wait longer, replacement will only be more expensive.

Simply time to modernize: The rest of our schools are in need of some general improvements. It’s not hard to see why.

We have the oldest and worst condition schools compared to our four neighboring districts: Tacoma, Puyallup, Bethel, and Clover Park. Our average school is 60 years old.

In addition to general upgrades, the bond would provide needed upgrades in security and safety at every school. Washington and Franklin Pierce High School would also get science, technology, engineering, and math labs (STEM labs) to help our students compete for the jobs of the future.

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Upgrades at a glance

This map shows which schools will be replaced and gives an overview of what each school will receive if the bond passes.

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