Voter-approved construction bond funds districtwide improvements, upgrades

Over the summer, many of our schools received improvements to their buildings, grounds and playgrounds—changes approved by voters in the 2020 bond measure to replace aging neighborhood schools and make needed upgrades across the district.

Safety & Security
New safety and security upgrades across the district will start this year with Phase 1 schools to secure building entry systems and improve access control. That work includes:

  • Entry-card badge readers
  • Intercom systems
  • Video camera security systems

Lister Elementary was one of the schools to add a new entry control system at their main entrance. The system, which will improve security entry access, includes audio, video and buzz in options.

Phase 1 schools: Crescent Heights, IDEA, Reed, Lincoln, SOTA (195 site), SOTA (Ted Brown site), Foss, Silas, Gray, Jefferson, Giaudrone, Baker, Meeker, Hilltop Heritage, Truman.

Eleven elementary schools across Tacoma will receive new playground equipment as a part of the 2020 bond measure. Workers started demolition of the existing play equipment at Madison Early Learning Center and Franklin Elementary School and installed a new drainage system at Franklin.

Next summer, Lister, Edison, Crescent Heights, Blix, Northeast Tacoma, Point Defiance, Stanley, Sherman and Fern Hill will also receive playground improvements.

Plans continue to be made for the capital needs of the district to provide Tacoma Public School students, teachers and staff with updated and safe facilities. With the approval of the February 2020 capital bond, the district can continue to invest in what’s working for Tacoma kids with needed school improvements that provide safe and challenging learning environments.


TPS Media Contact

Kathryn McCarthy, Strategic Communications and Marketing Manager | 253-571-1015 |

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