Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve compiled a list of many questions about the bond that we’re hearing around the community and have done our best to answer those questions here. Click on a question below to toggle open the answer.
General Bond Questions
When do we vote?
The 2019 Special Election is set for February 12, 2019. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day to count.
Ballots were mailed to registered voters on or around January 25, 2019. You may mail your ballot or deposit it at the official ballot drop box location.
Ballots drop box locations that will be open for the February 12 Special Election are as follows:
- Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, 311 Grand Ave., Suite 103, Bellingham
- Whatcom County Courthouse, south courthouse parking lot, Grand Ave.
- North Whatcom Fire & Rescue 4581 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd., Birch Bay
- Custer Elementary School, 7660 Custer School Rd., Custer
- WECU parking lot, 106. E. Main St., Everson
- Ferndale City Hall, 2095 Main St., Ferndale
- Lummi Nation Administration Building, 2665 Kwina Rd., Bellingham
- Sumas – behind the post office, 534 Railroad Ave.
If you have not received your ballot, contact Whatcom County Elections at (360) 778-5102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Replacement ballots are available at www.MyVote.wa.gov – just vote using the ballot on the screen, print it off, and return it by mail or place it in an official drop box.
You also can be issued a replacement ballot at the counter of the Elections Department (311 Grand Avenue, Suite 103, Bellingham 98225) up to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
What will happen if we need to open another Elementary school?
The Ferndale School District has two buildings that were formerly used as elementary schools. The District has maintained those buildings for the purpose of ensuring that there are options in case additional space is needed for elementary students in the future.
What is CTE?
“CTE” stands for Career and Technical Education. Previously, it was known as vocational education or “voc”. This area of study provides practical training in areas such as agriculture, metal working, carpentry, STEM, photo journalism, family and consumer sciences, media technology, business and finance, and sports medicine.
Where do excess funds go if not used for planned projects?
If projects come in ‘under-budget’ the Community Oversight Committee will review budget and make recommendations for best use for the remaining funds.
Why do we need a new high school?
As with anything that is used and loved for years, Ferndale High School has reached a point beyond ability to repair. Current conditions affect and limit student learning. Safety is also an ever-increasing concern. Ferndale High School has 80-100 different access doors – a situation that makes it extremely difficult to create a secure campus. We have stewarded the Ferndale High School facility for many years and we are now asking the community to help us build a new space for students that helps us provide a great start to every student’s future.
N Bellingham & Custer have not been fixed / replaced. Why are they being put on the back burner?
Custer Elementary will be included in plans for critical maintenance and safety & security projects. Those projects include:
- Relocate secure entrance to west face of Administration Office
- Add ADA ramp and stairs
- Cut new entrance opening in existing wall and new door
- Relocate 2 existing windows to south
- Relocate Reception desk to east adjacent to hallway with new sliding glass or overhead coiling shutter
- Remove 3 existing trees
- Add fencing and vehicle and personnel gates at northeast and southwest corners of building
- Close off existing front entry
- Add access control and camera at north entry
The building that once housed North Bellingham Elementary does not currently serve as an Elementary School and it is not included as part of the Ferndale School District Bond package.
Does the bond cover new furniture for a new Ferndale High School?
Yes, the bond will cover fixtures, furniture, and equipment (FF&E).
What is status of the property on Church Road that the district owns?
The Ferndale School District has no immediate plans to sell or surplus owned property on Church Road. The plan is to maintain the property until such time as additional building space may be needed. There are no ongoing costs associated with owning the property.