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Facts & Information


Prop 1: Neighborhood School Improvements and Safety Upgrades

Replace or renovate 11 aged and deteriorating neighborhood schools.

Replacement Schools
  • DeLong Elementary

  • IDEA High School

  • Point Defiance Elementary

  • Stanley Elementary

  • Whitman Elementary

Major Renovations
  • Franklin Elementary

  • Hilltop Heritage Middle School

  • Silas High School

  • Central Administration Building

  • Professional Development Center

  • West End swing site (former Skyline Elementary)

  • Projects range from early learning, career and technical education, and post-secondary preparation.

  • Proposition 1 will expand quality learning at nearly all neighborhood schools, for students of all backgrounds, ranging from early learning, to expanded classroom learning opportunities, career and technical education, on-track to graduate, and post-secondary preparation.

  • Proposition 1 will keep the focus on student learning with up-to-date classrooms, quality food and nutrition service upgrades, improvements to playgrounds/playfields and athletic facilities, and exterior school repairs to prevent mold and weather damage.

  • Improvements to aging plumbing and HVAC systems, ADA improvements, security cameras, fire alarms and sprinklers.

  • Proposition 1 will make basic improvements to aging plumbing and HVAC systems for clean air and safe water, ADA improvements to make schools more accessible for students with disabilities, and make seismic and structural upgrades for earthquake safety.

  • Proposition 1 will implement Basic Life Safety and security improvements at renovated or replacement schools including controlled school entry, security cameras, fire alarms and sprinklers, and 911 emergency communications and intercom systems.

Learn more about the projects

Athletic Courts and Fields

  • Baker Middle School: Baseball/fastpitch turf field upgrades

  • Gray Middle School: Multi-purpose turf field upgrades

  • Lincoln High School: Additional Lincoln Bowl upgrades, concessions, bleachers and railings

  • Mount Tahoma High School: Baseball/fastpitch turf field upgrades

  • Silas High School: Baseball/fastpitch turf field upgrades

  • Stadium High School: Football field upgrades

Small Capital Projects

  • ADA Improvements: Districtwide improvements as needed

  • Original Browns Point Elementary: Infrastructure updates to provide space that can be used for early learning classrooms and other district needs (HVAC, security, etc.)

  • Gault: Demolition and site improvements

  • HVAC Updates: Crescent Heights, Delong, Franklin, Jefferson, Manitou Park, NE Tacoma, Sheridan 

  • Lighting upgrades (interior/exterior): Lincoln, Stadium, Silas, Mount Tahoma, Foss

  • Lincoln Tree Farm/Urban Forestry satellite: Safety/security improvements that will significantly increase the ability to host students

  • Multi-purpose district storage: We'll share details as soon as it's available.

  • Playgrounds: Roosevelt Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Geiger Montessori, Sheridan Elementary, Madison Early Learning Center, West End swing site (former Skyline), Harmon Park/Baker Middle School

  • Portables: Blix, Sheridan, Roosevelt

  • Transportation center relocation

Central Kitchen and Food Service Upgrades

  • Tacoma is the only school district in the state with more than 20,000 students without centralized food storage and production.

  • A central kitchen and facility for dry, fresh and frozen goods provides:

  • Better quality menu items with healthier, fresher ingredients

  • Increased access to local ingredients, food suppliers

  • Better control over ingredients in menu items  

  • More meal variety; ability to be responsive to students needs/preferences

  • Reduced food cost and food waste

  • School kitchens will receive upgraded equipment to support the new service model.

Martime Skills Center - Phase 2

  • The Maritime Skills Center is being developed as part of a Port of Tacoma waterfront campus and operated by Tacoma Public Schools. This funding supports Phase 2 of this project.

  • This partnership provides:

  • Regional and international opportunities for Tacoma students

  • Expanded career and technical education opportunities in the maritime industry

  • Increased qualified local workforce

  • Increased opportunities for local, high-paying jobs  

  • Increased support of local economic resilience

Safety and Security

  • While all schools have safety and security features, school replacement and modernization projects also include safety and security improvements, including:

  • Controlled access and security cameras

  • Card readers for school staff

  • Intercoms to maximize building communication

  • Upgrades and improvements installed where they are needed.

    Safe Routes to School improvements include school access upgrades and required right-of-way improvements for all new schools, and for some remodels.


  • If Proposition 1 is approved by voters, the increased cost to the average Tacoma homeowner would be $7.54 per month or $90 a year (comparing the average home values and tax rates of the last 5 years to the next 5 years).

  • Proposition 1 is a $650 million Neighborhood School Improvements and Safety Upgrades bond measure, maturing over a maximum of 25 years, that makes needed improvements to nearly every school so they last longer and save money in the long run.  The measure invests in our local economy, creating good paying family wage jobs here in Tacoma, with a District commitment to hiring local companies and women and minority owned businesses.

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