The Longview School Board has set a course for revitalizing and replacing some of the district’s aging facilities.
On April 24, Board members decided to ask local voters to approve a $121.6 million building bond on Nov. 7, 2017. If approved, the money will make it possible to:
- Replace Mint Valley, Northlake and Olympic elementary schools on the existing campuses.
- Complete safety and security projects throughout the district.
- Provide a facility for our special education preschool program and continue its partnership with the Head Start program.
The Board is scheduled to adopt an official bond resolution at its meeting May 22.
It has been 16 years since the school district last sold bonds, and then it was to modernize Monticello and Cascade middle schools, build Mt. Solo Middle School and restore R. A. Long High School’s slate roof.
At the elementary level, the last bonds sold were in 1997—20 years ago. The money was used to rebuild St. Helens and Robert Gray.
The school district works hard to keep its buildings in the best possible condition, but as homeowners and business owners know—and car and bicycle owners too—over time things simply wear out. They also become dated. In addition to keeping the district’s facilities in good condition, it is important to make them places that are conducive to current learning technologies and methods.
Longview’s proposed facilities plan has been studied and developed over the past two years by the Facilities Advisory Committee, a group of citizens and district staff members who consulted and conducted research with school facilities specialists from Educational Service District 112 in Vancouver.
District employees and many other community members have offered comments and critiques along the way at public hearings and through surveys, including last fall’s Thoughtexchange process.
The district is eager to keep hearing our community’s comments and questions about the plan and will be implementing another community Thoughtexchange process in the next few months. We also are looking forward to presenting this facilities plan and having conversations with civic organizations, social clubs and neighborhood groups.
To schedule a presentation for your organization, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 575-7016.