Each month, Dr. Zorn reaches out to our business community via the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce newsletter with information about the successes and challenges of our public schools.

On January 23, the Longview Public Schools Board of Directors decided to hold a facilities bond election on November 7, 2017.

This bond is being brought forward to start addressing facilities needs identified by the staff and citizen Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC).  The FAC worked for two years identifying $250 million in facilities needs and determining our elementary school buildings as the highest priority.

The specific scope and focus of the November bond request for construction and renovation projects will be formulated in the next few months.   We recognize that we must bite the needs off in chunks and include only a portion of the identified list as part of our November bond request.

As we determine the cost of our upcoming bond request, we are steadfast in our resolve to be mindful of our taxpayers and community while focusing upon providing facilities that will meet the short and long term needs of our students. It is of paramount importance that we maximize the life and functionality of existing facilities while we plan for the future needs of our educational system and its students. It is even more important that our schools are safe and functional facilities designed to maximize teaching and learning so that our students can achieve at high levels.  We will remain focused on creating and maintaining inviting facilities that reflect well upon our community and its students.  Our facilities play an important role in the creation of a positive climate and culture for learning.  All of these considerations are important when seeking to improve upon the education we provide our students and the perceptions our community holds regarding its schools.

The process to date has been thorough and included many opportunities for community input. Many opportunities remain to engage in the discussion regarding the priorities and the direction of the November bond request.  The Longview School Board meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at 2715 Lilac Street, and the details of our bond request will be discussed at each meeting. Meeting agendas can be found at longviewschools.com.

Individuals with questions about a “Vote Yes” effort can give me a call at (406) 261-1827 or e-mail me.  The success of this request depends on the involvement and support of Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce and the business community.

We look forward to our continued partnership as we move forward in our efforts to provide outstanding school facilities for the students we serve.