Highline Public Schools announces Capital Projects Oversight Committee

Highline Public Schools has named seven community members to its newly-formed Capital Projects Oversight Committee, which will provide oversight of school construction projects, including the projects named in the Feb. 10 ballot measure.

The seven-member committee will provide oversight of revenues and expenditures; give guidance on planning for future capital bond measures; and advise the district on best practices in construction and related fields.

The committee will also ensure all capital projects support academic achievement in Highline schools.

Committee members, who will serve two-year terms, have expertise in business, real estate, finance, public works, facilities management, and construction.

Committee Members:

  • Dave Bush, Real Estate Broker, Windermere Realty
  • Heather Downey, Technology Business Development, Amazon Web Services
  • Scott Gifford, Attorney, Scott Gifford Law
  • David Hohimer, Managing Director of Investments, Wells Fargo
  • Kamuron Gurol, City Manager, City of Burien
  • Pat Patterson, Facilities Manager, City of SeaTac
  • Brooks Powell, Owner/General Manager, Powell Homes

For a complete bio of each committee member, please visit www.highlineschools.org/CapitalProjectsOversight.

“I think it is important that the committee has members who not only have longevity in the community, but also a deep understanding of school construction in order to objectively determine real needs and cost effective methods to meet them,” said Pat Patterson, SeaTac Facilities Manager.

The committee will meet quarterly and provide regular comments and recommendations to district staff regarding capital projects. The committee will submit semi-annual reports to the Superintendent and School Board
“The educational system is the glue that holds our communities together,” said Brooks Powell, General Manager of Powell Homes. “Having been in the real estate and community building business for 106 years, our company, and we as owners, understand the critical importance of good schools.”

For more information, please visit www.highlineschools.org/CapitalProjectsOversight.


4 Responses to “Highline Public Schools announces Capital Projects Oversight Committee”
  1. JohnCastronover says:

    Looking over the names and positions of this newly formed committee, it just screams Conflict Of Interest.
    Question: How many on this committee stand to make a financial gain with the passage of this bond?
    Question: How many on this committee would question or even say no to Superintendent
    I voted to reject this Bond as it is just too expensive for our community, cut the Bond amount in half and leave Des Moines Elementary in its current location and I will be the first one to vote yes.

  2. AB in DM says:

    Is that Seatac CITY COUNCILMAN Dave Bush?:


  3. No In Des Moines says:

    How do they get away with this? Hand picking seven hand picked School Board Cheerleaders to an oversight board? nothing more the Friends With Benefits,
    Letting the Wolves Guard The Hen House, but in this case the Hen House happens to be 376 Million Dollars of tax payers money.
    I say Vote No on the Bond before they even get their hands on our tax dollars.

  4. Earl Gipson says:

    Pat Patterson (Julia Patterson’s spouse) on the oversight committee?!

    SeaTac City employee, Pat Patterson, was the Facilities Director/Construction Manager for Fire Station 46 at the time of this audit.

    See Pages 8 thru 15 of the audit.


    Also got an unauthorized raise for the job. I have the documentation.

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