Frequently Asked Questions
There is currently not any suitable land large enough within our district boundaries to house a school. We must build on the land we already own.
Every school in Mukilteo School District is at or above capacity. Some schools, like Kamiak High School, are limited by wetlands or other features on their campuses which make additional classrooms challenging or, in some cases, impossible. For the 2020 capital bond, the Captial Bond Advisory Committee sifted through many needs throughout the district and prioritized the ones that were most immediately needed while considering which school campuses had room for additional buildings. The 2020 bond projects are planned for a six-year cycle. At that time, the board will determine whether to propose another bond for community vote.
Public schools are funded through federal, state and local sources. The state collects taxes and distributes funds to school districts for their general budgets to help pay for instructional materials, salaries and other general needs. A capital bond, however, is not funded through the state. Instead, it is voted on by community members within a school district and, if approved, collected locally. Those bond funds help pay for new schools or additions, major renovations, and other large projects within the school district.
Schools are often economic drivers in communities and have been shown to impact a region's overall productivity, sustainability and sense of community. Bonds help school districts keep up with enrollment growth while replacing aging systems to further the life of existing facilities.
McCleary was an effort to fully fund education and the state has made changes to how schools are funded in recent years. However, McCleary only addressed funding for basic education, and schools are still working to fund special education and other programs. Capital projects are not funded by the state and require local voters to approve bonds with a 60 percent supermajority.