The community is asked to consider a Nov. 7, 2017 bond to replace or reconstruct four buildings serving the youngest learners. A staff/community advisory committee recommended the Northlake Elementary School be included in the bond based on the findings described below.
Northlake Elementary School was built in 1953. It currently relies on eight portable classrooms detached from the main building. Northlake was rated poor for its structural quality and its educational adequacy. The proposed building would be constructed on the current site while the existing building remained in use. The new structure would house 540 students vs the current 340. It would maintain an area for the Lower Columbia School Gardens organization. It would cost $38.6 million.
Functional adequacy concerns highlighted in the Construction Services Group Facilities Master Plan assessment resulting in a total score of 74%, include:
- pedestrian circulation The school lacks a handicapped accessible ramp adjacent to the front door. None of the main entrances are handicapped accessible. The school has a pedestrian crossing directly in front of the building. It is at one end of the area where parents drop-off and pickup students, obstructing the view of individuals using the crosswalk. Students walk through a parking area from the portables to the main building.
- vehicle circulation (including vehicle circulation) Buses load and unload in the parking lot behind the school adjacent to the play area. The parents drop students off utilizing the street in front of the school.
- reception-clerical-business The reception area is small.
- discipline (security, detention, ISS (In School Suspension), etc.) Students who are being disciplined use a desk in the storage room/records room.
- administrative support The school does not have a conference room.
- staff workrooms The school has an undersized workroom adjacent to the office. It lacks adequate storage and work space for the assembly of instructional materials.
- staff support There is no personal storage for teaching assistants and others.
- food preparation The school has a serving kitchen. Deliveries are made through a set of doors and down the hallway to access the kitchen. The kitchen lacks adequate dry storage for breakfast cereal. There is not an adequate assembly space for the school lunches to be sorted prior to going to the classrooms.
- cafeteria The school does not have a cafeteria. Breakfast is served in the gymnasium. Lunches are served in the classrooms.
- food services support The kitchen area does not have a restroom, small office area, or lockers.
- custodial/maintenance The school is equipped with one wall-mounted custodial sink which is located in the boiler room. Custodians must wheel cleaning equipment throughout the building and to the portables.
- music and music support Music is taught in a portable.
- computer labs and computer lab support The computer lab is located in a portable.
Physical condition concerns highlighted in the Construction Services Group Facilities Master Plan assessment resulting in a total building condition rating of 44.81%, include:
- exterior walls and windows
- roofing and overhead exterior enclosures
- water distribution system
- sanitary drainage
- electrical lighting