Purpose: 

  • Review and possibly update the elementary level educational specifications for Bellingham Public Schools. These specifications are used to describe the district’s elementary school program; and
  • Following the completion of the elementary educational specifications, review and provide feedback on schematic and design development drawings for the Happy Valley Elementary rebuild project.
Basis for Establishment: 
  • Prior to designing a school, a complete and accurate description of the desired educational program, instructional activities, as well as the functional, spatial and environmental needs related to school must be established. This detailed description is referred to as educational specifications. Educational specifications help clarify and direct the scope of work and design requirements for the architects, engineers, and other professionals working on the building design and site plan.
Decision-Making Process: 
  • We are a recommending body to the superintendent who will seek School Board approval as required.
Plan of Work and Timeline:
  • The committee will work with the architects on the educational specifications and design elements related to the school.
  • Work on the educational specifications will begin in late February or early March of 2014. Schematic designs will be completed by June 30.
  • 4-8 meetings (half or full day) are anticipated for this phase of committee work.  Specific dates and times will be established after the architect is selected in February.

Meeting Dates / Minutes:

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Happy Valley Portable F –Minutes, Presentation
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Elementary School Tours – Minutes
  • Monday, April 21,2014, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Wade King Elementary School – Minutes
  • Monday, April 21, 2014, 6 to 7 p.m., Community Feedback Meeting at Happy Valley – Minutes
  • Monday, May 12, 2014, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Happy Valley Portable F – Minutes
  • Monday, May 19, 2014, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Happy Valley Portable F – Minutes
  • Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Happy Valley Portable F – Minutes, Presentation Part 1, Part 2
  • Friday, June 6, 2014, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Happy Valley Portable F – Minutes, Presentation Part 1, Part 2
  • Monday, June 16, 2014 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., Happy Valley Portable F – Minutes
  • Monday, July 21, 2014, 6 to 7 p.m., Community Feedback Meeting at Happy Valley – Minutes, Presentation, Community Feedback
  • Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 10 a.m. to noon, Happy Valley Library – Minutes, Presentation
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, 6 to 7 p.m., Project Update/Site Plan Community Feedback Meeting, Happy Valley Cafeteria – Presentation, Feedback Summary, Minutes
  • Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, 12 to 1 p.m., Space Layout Group Meetings, Happy Valley Library – Agenda
  • Monday, Nov. 17, 2014,  1 to 3 p.m., Happy Valley Cafeteria – Minutes
  • Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 1 to 3 p.m., Happy Valley Portable D – MinutesPresentation
  • Thursday, March 5, 2015 2:15 to 5:15 p.m., Happy Valley Room 18 – MinutesPresentation
Members:
Regular
  • Ron Cowan, Assistant Superintendent, Co-Chair
  • Karen Tolliver, Happy Valley Principal, Co-Chair
  • Curtis Lawyer, Capital Projects Manager
  • NAC Architects
  • Tara Aperule, Happy Valley Teacher
  • Thomas Caldwell, Larrabee Teacher
  • Jill Dejong, Happy Valley Teacher
  • Mike D’Hondt, Happy Valley Teacher
  • Gretchen Howard, Happy Valley Parent
  • Ming Lin, Larrabee Parent
  • Jamine Moss-Owen, Happy Valley Parent
  • Tony Prichard, Happy Valley Parent
  • Wendy Scherrer, Happy Valley Community Member
  • Dennis Angell,  Fairhaven Custodian
  • LaVonne Sterling-Chue, Happy Valley Paraeducator
  • Mike Anderson, Director, Buildings and Grounds
  • Mike Haberman, Director, Special Education
  • Kurt Gazow, Executive Director, Technology
  • Mark Dalton, Director, Food Services
  • Steve Morse, Director, Teaching and Learning
  • Kristi Dominguez, Early Childhood Education Coordinator

Ex-officio

  • Jacqueline Brawley, Communications Manager
  • Tanya Rowe, Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations
Responsibilities:
  • Regular meeting attendance
  • Respectful and collaborative interactions with committee members
Budget Implications:
  • Provide substitutes for staff as applicable