Bond 2017 (SHS, LHHS, LA, SAR, MAINT)

Recently, questions have been asked about the possible impact the McCleary Decision could have on financing new schools.  Specifically, the question is:  How does this decision impact the proposed Stanwood High School bond measure?
The McCleary Decision centers on the failure of the state to meet it's obligation to provide all students in Washington equal access to educational opportunities.  The focus of the court ruling is on the operational cost side of the school districts and over reliance on Maintenance and Operation Levy funding.  Maintenance and Operations Levies provide funding for the day-to-day costs of educating children.  Capital expenditures for new schools and related bond issues are not included in the court decision. Bond proposals are limited to financing the costs of  constructing, remodeling, and equipping school buildings.  

The McCleary decision neither refers to nor does it make recommendations for changing school construction funding.  

Gary Platt, CPA
Executive Director - Business Services

For the past two years the district has obtained input from community members, staff and students on plans to replace Stanwood High School and to provide a new facility to house Lincoln Hill High School, Lincoln Academy and Saratoga School.  The Stanwood-Camano School District's Board of Directors approved a resolution to put a bond measure on the February 14, 2017 ballot. The proposition, "Bonds to Construct, Renovate and Improve School Facilities" would not increase taxes for property owners.  

To learn more about our upcoming bond, click on the following Bond Facts link:


To see the YouTube video, featuring high school students, community members and staff, click the following link:


Stanwood High School hosted a "Bond Proposal Meeting" for the community on December 5th.  Chis Lilley, Managing Principal, McGranahan Architects, presented a slide show, describing the project overview and project size and scope.  To view the presentation, click on the icon below.

  SHS Comm Open House 2016.12.05


The Stanwood-Camano community is invited to an informational meeting at Stanwood High School to learn more about the February 14, 2017, bond proposal.  The project architect and district staff will present information.


Where:  Stanwood High School Library

              7400 272nd St. NW, Stanwood


When:   Monday, December 5, 2016


Time:    5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.



  • Review project details
  • Tax rates
  • Project timelines
  • Questions and Answers
  • Tours of current facilities
For more information contact:  Joy Rusko at 360-629-1222