On the front steps of Burien’s deteriorating Highline High School on Saturday (July 23), families, residents, students and teachers came together to help kick-off Highline Public Schools’ Nov. 8 bond.

“Now is the time, we must join together to support our students and schools here in the Highline School District,” said Chuck Tuman, campaign co-chair. “We have a strong plan, developed by a citizen committee, to meet the immediate needs of our district, and also plan for the future.”

Speakers at the kick-off – which was hosted by Tuman – included Sen. Karen Keiser, Highline High alum Maya Mendoza-Exstrom, and Benji Box, a current student:

Here’s a video of the kick-off event:

More than 40 parents, community members and staff spent nearly a year studying the issues to make a recommendation to the Highline Public Schools to help alleviate the problems with capacity, security and modernization. The Capital Facilities Advisory Committee’s (CFAC) presented its recommendations to the School Board for a November 2016 bond, as well as a long-term facility plan for the future of our district.

“It was an amazing experience to dig deep into enrollment projections, facility needs and long-term plans and work together to come up with solutions,” said Susan West, Normandy Park citizen and member of the citizens’ committee. “I am proud of our recommendations to help meet the needs of our growing district and ensure our students are safe.”

Highline Public Schools is a fast-growing district with several school buildings in severe need of replacement or modernization.

CFAC’s plan outlines three phases of improvements over 15-18 years. Each phase would require a voter-approved bond to fund construction.

The committee identified four top-priority problems to be solved in Phase 1:

  • Elementary capacity – With growing enrollment and state funding for smaller class sizes, more elementary classrooms are needed.
  • Middle school capacity – Current middle schools do not have room to accommodate growing enrollment and the addition of sixth grade.
  • Des Moines Elementary – This 90-year-old school is ranked as the Highline school in worst condition in an independent survey by architects.
  • Highline High School – HHS is ranked in second worst condition in the same survey.

“We are looking for volunteers to help us ensure people are registered to vote, have the information they need to understand our bond and then vote YES in November,” Chuck said. “Please check out our website and join us in supporting our students and our schools.”

To register to vote, visit: www.vote.wa.gov

For more information:

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SoKing News Weekly Recap for July 22-25, 2016: Port of Seattle asks Burien to vacate land in NERA; Burien City Council extends CARES; Highline Public Schools bond will be on Nov. ballot; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne on local election issues; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this SUNDAY – is a great, hard-to-find Rambler located next to a Renton Park!

Much attention has been paid to both the front and back yards, with raised garden beds that produce both fruit and flowers.

The amenities of the home include a 50-year roof, heat pump providing A/C, bay windows in both the living room and master bedroom, hardwood and laminate floors, a wood stove and gas furnace and a ramp in the garage providing handicap access.

See it this Sunday!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions):

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.

WHEN: Sunday, July 24: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 17226 130th Ave SE, Renton, 98058 (MAP, also see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $339,900
  • MLS Number: 1002192
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1968
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,470 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 8,010 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Skylights
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Fruit Trees
  • Garden Space

Marketing Remarks:

Great hard-to-find rambler located on a dead end street and backing to Renton Park providing a very private setting.

Much attention has been paid to both the front and back yards with raised garden beds producing both fruit and flowers.

The amenities of the home include a 50 year roof, heat pump providing a/c, bay windows in both the living room and master bedroom, hardwood and laminate floors, a wood stove and gas furnace and a ramp in the garage providing handicap access.

See it this Sunday!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

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Due to complications with power line maintenance inside Steve Cox Memorial Park there will be no electricity inside the stadium – therefore the first pitch for this weekend’s Highline Bears games has moved UP from 7 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for both Friday July 22 (vs the Northwest Honkers), and against the Seattle Studs on Saturday July 23.

Tickets to Highline Bears home games are $5 per person, kids 12 and under are FREE!

To purchase tickets, click here, or buy them at the gate!

Steve Cox Memorial Park is located at 1321 SW 102nd Street in White Center (map below).

“We hope to see you all out at the ballpark! Go Bears!”

The King County Council announced that it will take action on pot regulations at its meeting on Monday, July 25.

As we previously reported, numerous residents in unincorporated areas – including in and around White Center – have expressed concerns regarding the existing regulations for marijuana production, processing and retailing.

“In order to review these concerns in rural areas, as well as consider an Executive proposal to regulate clustering of retail locations, the King County Council voted to pass a four-month moratorium on the acceptance of applications for or the establishment or location of new marijuana producers, processors and retailers on April 25, 2016,” the council said.

Councilmembers are scheduled to discuss and possibly act on two ordinances – 2016-0236 and 2016-0254 – that would amend current marijuana regulations in unincorporated King County.

The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle.

Here are the details:

WHAT: The Metropolitan King County Council will hear public testimony and possibly act on legislation impacting zoning for the production, processing and sale of legal marijuana in unincorporated King County.

WHERE: King County Courthouse, 10th floor, 516 Third Ave, Seattle 98104.

WHEN: Monday, July 25th, 1:30 p.m.

BACKGROUND: In 2013, the King County Council adopted initial zoning regulations governing the production, processing and sale of legalized marijuana in unincorporated King County. Since adoption of these initial zoning regulations, King County has received and processed numerous applications for marijuana-related land uses.

Some residents have expressed concerns regarding the existing regulations for marijuana production, processing and retailing. In order to review these concerns in rural areas, as well as consider an Executive proposal to regulate clustering of retail locations, the King County Council voted to pass a four-month moratorium on the acceptance of applications for or the establishment or location of new marijuana producers, processors and retailers on April 25, 2016.

After two special meetings of the Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee, Councilmembers are scheduled to discuss and possibly act on two ordinances, 2016-0236 and 2016-0254, that would amend current marijuana regulations in unincorporated King County.

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WHO: HMSHost at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

WHAT: Job Fair – HMSHost is seeking to fill restaurant positions at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Positions available include 1 Sous Chef, 2 Shift Managers, Baristas, Cooks, CSA/Cashier, Food Preps.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 17801 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98158. Room # – MT 272 2F (head towards pre-security Starbucks and you should see the signs) Interviews on site. Immediate hires.

Onsite Contact:  Allison Newsham, Allison.Newsham@hmshost.com – 206.433.5644

About HMSHost
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CFAC members tour 90-year-old Des Moines Elementary School.

CFAC members tour 90-year-old Des Moines Elementary School.

A community-led plan for a school construction bond will go before voters on Nov. 8, 2016, Highline Public Schools announced Thursday morning, July 21.

The proposed bond would fund repair or replace deteriorating schools, ease overcrowding, and make safety improvements at all Highline schools.

The School Board passed the resolution at its Wednesday night (July 20) meeting to place the bond measure on the ballot.

The proposed $299 million bond measure contains all the projects recommended in Phase 1 of the plan developed by the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC), a 39-member, community-led committee.

CFAC is composed of Highline residents, staff, and students. CFAC committee members spent the past year intensely studying the district’s facility needs and creating a long-range facilities plan and bond proposal.

The committee was chaired by former Burien City Councilmember Rose Clark, SeaTac resident Danielle Houle, and Health Sciences & Human Services High School student Larissa Hueta-Merlo.

“This was truly a community-driven process. It was important to us to recommend a plan that the community can pay for and support,” said Clark.

Committee members studied enrollment projections, building capacity, building conditions, financial constraints, related legislation, additional funding available, construction costs and other factors. The committee then developed a priority list of problems to be solved and defined a solution for each.

“The committee dug into the data and developed a plan that will meet the capital facilities needs across our district, based on all the data,” said Houle.

If approved, the bond would:

  • Fund security improvements at all schools in the district.
  • Rebuild Highline High School, preserving as much of the façade as structurally and financially feasible.
  • Begin design of new Evergreen and Tyee campuses.
  • Build new school on the district-owned Zenith site to house Des Moines Elementary students, with room for growing enrollment.
  • Build a new middle school on the district-owned Glacier site.
  • Replenish the capital fund, which will be depleted in 2017-18. This fund covers critical needs and emergency repairs.
    Make required improvements to the Olympic site, so it can be used to house students during the HHS construction and future school construction projects.

“We have deteriorating buildings that must be replaced or repaired in order to provide safe, modern facilities for students that meet today’s learning standards. We also need to build new schools to make room for a growing student population, and voter-approved bonds are our only method to do that,” said School Board President Michael Spear. “The Board truly appreciates the work and the recommendation by the Committee and the time it took to develop.”

Why run the bond in November? The district listed three reasons:

  1. Higher than average voter turnout is expected, due to the presidential election, so more community members will participate in the decision.
  2. Sharing the ballot with other measures reduces the costs the district must pay the county for the election.
  3. With construction costs rising, the sooner construction begins the less expensive it will be.

To learn more about CFAC, please visit highlineschools.org/CFAC.

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At the end of a long busy week the best words Mom and Dad can hear are:

Parents Night Out!

Well, new Advertiser Pinwheels Play Space has a great offer to help you make that happen, if you have kids ages 3 to 8.
Pinwheels, located in White Center, offers a 50% discount with the coupon you see here for select Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.:

Click image then print the coupon!

This offer applies to the following Friday nights: 7/29, 8/12, 8/26, 9/2, 9/16, and 9/30.

It’s regularly $25 per child, but with this coupon you – lucky parent you – get a 50% discount!

13334270For more information, or to schedule online, email [email protected] or www.pinwheelsplay.com.

Pinwheels’ proprietors Therese and Bob Sloss offer a Ball Pit, Bounce Houses, Train Table, Dress Up, Movie, Popcorn, Pizza, Art, Singing and Story Time.

Pinwheels Play Space is an indoor children’s play facility located in White Center. It is designed to meet the needs of West Seattle, White Center, Burien and area children ages 0-11, by offering drop-in open-play, private birthday parties and drama classes.

Pinwheels Play Space:

White Center Square
9988 15th Ave SW Suite B
White Center, WA 98146

Phone 206-588-2593

[email protected]

www.pinwheelsplay.com

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her second year with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 12-year old Isabel Herbruger – local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 12

The Highline Bears were caught having some fun at the White Center Jubilee Days Carnival on Thursday night (July 14), giving out game tickets for upcoming games.

The Bears next play the Northwest Honkers at Steve Cox Memorial Field on Tuesday, July 19, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Jubilee Days continues in White Center on Sunday, July 17, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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To see the latest scores and photos, click here, as well as Highline Bears by Isabel.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel

Here’s episode #60 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for July 15-18, 2016: Boat capsizes, two rescued; Burien business owners warned of scam; $18 million lawsuit hits SeaTac; City of Burien pays $1.75 million for fatal SR 509 crash; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne on the August election; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY and SUNDAY – is a completely remodeled 1912 Craftsman Home with sweeping views of the Sound & Mountains!

This lovely home includes a gourmet kitchen with solid slab granite counters, custom cabinetry, along with Viking and Bosch appliances.

Romantic top floor master retreat has a gas fireplace, 2 view decks, office/library, incredible glass block shower, custom cabinetry and lighting.

Solid old oak floors, thermal leaded glass windows, covered portch, glass knobs and much more.

This West Seattle Home blends the highest quality materials & workmanship with Classic Craftsman Charm!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.

WHEN: Both SATURDAY, July 16, & SUNDAY, July 17 from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 3707 SW Webster St, Seattle 98126 (MAP; also, see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $800,000
  • MLS Number: 964339
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 1912
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,690 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 4,142 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Built-In Vacuum
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Fireplace in Mstr BR
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Security System
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Dog Run
  • Shop
  • Sprinkler System

Marketing Remarks:

Completely remodeled 1912 Craftsman Home with sweeping views of the Sound & Mountians.

Gourmet kitchen with solid slab granite counters, custom cabinetry, Viking and Bosch appliances.

Romantic top floor master retreat with gas fireplace, 2 view decks, office/library, incredible glass block shower, custom cabinetry and lighting.

Solid old oak floors, thermal leaded glass windows, covered portch, glass knobs…

This Home blends highest quality materials & workmanship with Classic Craftsman Charm!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.