- In 2009, the upgrades at North Middle School were estimated to cost about $2 million and the school received all 3's and 4's in the building condition report. Without any concrete estimates or reasons, it's now estimated to cost over $41 million just 5 years later.
- Since 1995, the number of students in the Everett School District has increased by 9% but the budget has increased by 26% (adjusted for inflation).
- A news story in the mid-90's claimed that experts projected Everett School District to have 20,000 students by 2000 and we have never gotten to that number 14 years later.
- The district admitted in 2008 that they "make a lot of assumptions" in determining future student population growth.
- According to a capacity report by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Everett High School is about 600 students UNDER capacity.*
- Over 61% of your property taxes go to fund schools in Washington.
- Everett is in the top 7% of highest property taxes in the state.
- This Bond vote could have been delayed until the August 2014 Primary Election to give the school board time to really find out why it failed the first time, but would have required the school district to provide a information to the voters both FOR and AGAINST the funding.
- The School Board is not bound by the list of projects they present with the Bond? Bond money can be used any way the school board would like to use it despite any lists of projects presented to the public.
- The District anticipates an additional $16.5 million in State Construction Assistance Funds in addition to the $259 million we give them) in the next period of the bond and gives themselves the opportunity to upgrade administrative facilities with that money rather than stating they will prioritize student facility needs FIRST.
- The Citizens Levy and Bond Committee is traditionally financed largely by voluntary payroll deductions from district employees and local businesses who bid for contracts with the district? Over half the money raised this time around came from large donations from businesses who will bid for contracts on projects on the bond list. It doesn't really look like a "Citizens" Bond and Levy effort.
- The proposed new high school may not be built for 10 years and the district doesn't even own all the land it needs to build it.
- The quarter billion dollars the ESD is asking for on the Bond is the highest amount ever requested from Everett voters and they have suggested that the next one will be over $300 million.
- The Everett School Board believes that approving monthly vouchers (checks) with a unanimous vote called the "Consent Agenda" satisfies the state requirement for an Auditing Committee and means that all money is being spent appropriately and they don't need to look into expenditures beyond that.
- The new district office building (Community Resource Center) was paid for out of bond assistance funds from the state but never appeared on any list presented to the public. If money was given to the district to make our bond funds go farther, shouldn't that money be used on needed student facilities as the voters intended?
Check out the informal poll we took on social media and other websites. This was early in the period of polling, however, throughout the time period we kept the poll active, this is how the results consistently looked. The district claims that voters didn't get enough good information or received misinformation - and, in fact, someone friendly to the district tried to skew the poll by selecting "I didn't get enough information" many times over many days from the same IP address. However, when that duplicate IP address was removed from the statistics, the actual true poll says something different.
*http://www.boarddocs.com/wa/waesd/Board.nsf/files/8UDMG557620D/$file/2012%20State%20Study%20and%20Survey.pdf (Pages 211 and 254)