Ferndale School District Bond 2019
For the latest information about Ferndale School Bond Projects, please visit www.weareferndale.org.
Weekly Bond Project Updates
06/14/19: Bond Update # 16
06/07/19: Bond Update # 15
05/31/19: Bond Update # 14
05/24/19: Bond Update # 13
05/17/19: Bond Update # 12
05/10/19: Bond Update # 11
05/03/19: Bond Update # 10
04/26/19: Bond Update # 9
04/19/19: Bond Update # 8
04/12/19: Bond Update # 7
03/29/19: Bond Update # 6
03/22/19: Bond Update # 5
03/15/19: Bond Update # 4
03/08/19: Bond Update # 3
03/01/19: Bond Update # 2
As promised last Friday, I intend to send you weekly notes about the bond-related work going on in the district. Here’s the news from the past week.
02/22/19: Bond Update # 1
Today is the day our bond election will be officially certified as a victory. As of the last update from the auditor’s office (which was posted at 4:25 pm yesterday), the approval percentage had climbed to 62.04% with a total of 9,797 votes cast -- beautiful numbers that are going to change our district and community in significant ways. Thank you so much to every one of you who helped to achieve this success. It definitely was a whole-team effort.
2019 Bond Proposal News Releases
01/02/19: February 2019 Bond Facts – What You Need to Know
Our bond measure to modernize Ferndale schools will be back on the February 12, 2019 Special Election ballot. This is the bond to build a new high school, make critical facility repairs and upgrades, improve school security, and modernize our Performing Arts Center.
11/28/18: Ferndale School District Seeks Volunteers to Write Statements “For” And “Against” Upcoming Bond Measure
The Ferndale School District is seeking potential authors for the voters' pamphlet statements supporting and opposing the Ferndale School District bond measure that will appear on the February 12, 2019 ballot.
11/27/18: Ferndale School Board to Ask Voters to Re-Consider Bond Package in February 2019
The Ferndale School Board will ask voters to reconsider a Bond package in February 2019. The original proposal reached 58.64% during the November 2018 General Election but fell short of the 60% Super-Majority required to pass municipal bonds in Washington State. The original proposal was recommended by the Ferndale Community Bond Task Force. The Ferndale School Board accepted those recommendations in full.
2018 Bond Proposal News Releases
News releases posted prior to the November 2018 proposed bond
The Ferndale School Board welcomes newly selected Bond Oversight Committee Members Riley Cornelsen, Anya Milton, Bo Smith, Dan Cornelsen, Adam Rustad, Sandi McMillan, and Mark Harting.
Ferndale School District is seeking potential authors for the voter’s pamphlet statements supporting and opposing the Ferndale School District bond measure that will appear on the November 6, 2018 ballot.
Quote from School Board President Kevin Erickson:
“First, I want to extend sincere thanks to the Ferndale Community Bond Task Force on behalf of the entire School Board,” said Ferndale School Board President Dr. Kevin Erickson. “I am excited to announce that the School Board has adopted the full suite of Task Force recommendations and we plan to refer the package to voters for consideration in November. The Task Force group brought us a very thoughtful, cost-efficient package with the added benefit of an Oversight Committee. The Board believes strongly in citizen oversight for Bond planning and spending. We are confident in the recommendations we received from the Task Force and look forward to discussing the proposal with voters in advance of the November election.”
Community Bond Task Force
Community members step up to help the district develop a bond package aimed at upgrading aging facilities. Click to view the Community Bond Task Force website.
Former Astronaut Wendy Lawrence, “Bond means Ferndale kids get to dream big.”
She has been to space. She is a graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis. She served in the US Navy. She is Wendy Lawrence and she says that education made all of these things possible for her.
That belief fueled Lawrence to get involved as a Bond Task Force member in order to put together a bond package that reflects the needs of the Ferndale Community.
- Estimated Tax Impact
- DRAFT Ferndale High School Site Plan (PDF)
- Task Force Charter (PDF)
- Task Force Workplan (PDF)
- Bond Task Force Guiding Principles (PDF)
- Bond Task Force Final Recommendations (PDF)
- Bond Task Force Presentation of Final Recommendations (PDF)
- Bond Task Force Draft Recommendations Presentation (PDF)
- Security Upgrade Budget Estimate (PDF)
- Summary of Potential Critical Needs Capital Projects (PDF)
- Revised Summary of Potential Critical Needs Capital Projects (PDF)
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Bond Task Force Meetings
All regular Bond Task Force meetings will take place from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Locations for February meetings are listed above. All Task Force meetings are open to the public.
The purpose of the Task Force is to seek input about what the School Board should include in the bond package they put before voters. The Board has stipulated that Ferndale High School should be a major part of the package, but other projects are under consideration. The Task Force needs to complete its work and make a recommendation to the School Board by the end of March 2018.
For more information about the proposed bond and the Bond Task Force:
Superintendent Linda Quinn, 360.383.9207, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Superintendent Mark Deebach, 360.383.9203, email@example.com
Bond Task Force members held their second meeting at Ferndale High school. Members are tasked with representing voices from the community, looking at the needs of the school district, studying and becoming informed about the educational program and facilities, and providing a recommendation to the school board on what should be included in the 2018 bond package.
At the meeting, members reported out what they are hearing from community members, they heard a presentation on the district's educational philosophy from district Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn. Assistant Superintendent, Mark Deebach, provided a report on facilities capacity and district enrollment.
On Tuesday, October 24, more than 40 enthusiastic volunteers came together in the Ferndale High School Library to begin a discussion about the November 2018 bond measure. This group has agreed to serve as the Bond Task Force.
As part of our bond development plan, we are seeking input from the community about which projects they think the school board should include in the bond package. The Task Force is weighted toward community members, since they have been an historically underrepresented voice. All meetings are open to the public, and anyone can attend.
In addition to the Task Force, we will be providing multiple opportunities for citizens and staff members to stay informed, ask questions, and make suggestions. One such communication tool will be a bond website, which we intend to launch before the end of the calendar year. The website will contain schedules, photos, pertinent documents, notes from task force meetings, and general updates to help everyone stay abreast of the bond work as it progresses. Once the website is complete, a link to it will be available from our district webpage.