Updated: Nov. 4, 2014

Thank you, voters! View our Facilities Projects page for information about current and upcoming projects.

As of the first election results released on the evening of Nov. 6, 2013, our facilities bond for Bellingham Public Schools passed by 66 percent. You can find the final vote totals at the Whatcom County Auditor’s election results page. The election was certified on Nov. 26, 2013.

Superintendent Greg Baker thanked families and the community in this election night message.

  • Rebuilding Sehome High School
  • Getting students out of portables and into Options/Innovations High School
  • Rebuilding Happy Valley Elementary School
  • Protecting the community’s investment in all schools with roof repair, heating, ventilation and energy-efficiency upgrades, which save taxpayer dollars that can go back into the classroom for children
  • Making student safety improvements at schools
  • Building a central kitchen for healthier food for all students
  • Planning for environmental learning upgrades at the Lake Whatcom Gordon Carter Conservation Site
  • Renovating Lowell and Parkview elementary schools, making safety improvements and renovations at the existing student transportation and district office buildings, and upgrades to high school fields for physical education, sports and community recreation.

To support these projects, the estimated bond tax rate would increase in 2014 by 49 cents per $1,000 assessed value. This is approximately a $98 increase in 2014 for the owner of a home with an assessed value of $200,000. The bond tax rate would continue to decrease each year after that, settling to only 26 cents above the current bond tax rate by 2019.