• Review the standard elementary level educational specifications for the Bellingham Public Schools that apply to all new elementary schools in the district which were developed during spring 2018. These specifications are used to describe the district’s elementary school program; and
  • Recommend possible revisions to the elementary level educational specifications due to specific program requirements associated with the district-owned site off East Bakerview Road and Cougar Road, which will be used as a temporary swing space for elementary schools prior to the school being a neighborhood school; and
  • Following the completion of the elementary educational specifications, review and provide feedback on schematic and design development drawings for the new elementary school 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 the 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: 

  • The committee will make recommendations based on research, discussion and input gathered during the process.
  • Recommendations will be presented to the superintendent.

Plan of Work:

  • 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 October 2022 and continue through the winter/spring 2023. Schematic design for the new school will be completed before the end of the 2022-23 school year.
  • Elementary School 15 Educational Specifications/Design Advisory Committee meetings will focus on site/building specific unique items associated with this site.
  • 4-6 meetings (2 hours each) are anticipated.
    • Meetings will be held on Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, March 2
    • Evening Community Meeting; TBD
    • Additional meetings as necessary; dates and times TBD



  • Amy Keiper, community member, King Mountain neighborhood
  • Hannah Jones, community member, King Mountain neighborhood
  • Kristin Schmit, parent and staff member
  • Sarah Marshall, parent and staff member
  • Jen Sandovel, parent
  • Iris Dunaway, parent
  • Tommy Lingbloom, Principal, Carl Cozier Elementary
  • Minh Nguyen, Principal, Columbia Elementary
  • Aaron Darragh, Principal, Roosevelt Elementary
  • Amy Berreth, Principal, Sunnyland Elementary
  • Tom Gresham, Director, Teaching & Learning – Early Childhood
  • Courtney Ross, Director, Teaching & Learning – Special Ed
  • Mark Peterson, Director, Facilities and Sustainability
  • Greg Verbarendse, Assistant Director, Technology
  • Jessica Sankey, Executive Director, Operations
  • Jackie Brawley, Executive Director, Communications and Community Relations
  • Isabel Meaker, Executive Director, Family Engagement
  • Kurt Gazow, Executive Director, Educational Technology
  • Gretchen Pflueger, Grant Writer
  • Peter Gill, City of Bellingham, Parks & Req
  • Chand Schulhauser & Brent Baldwin, City of Bellingham, Public Works
  • Blake Lyon, City of Bellingham, Planning Director
  • Zach Hamm, Architect, Dykeman
  • Miranda Otto, Dykeman
  • Curtis Lawyer, Director, Capital Projects
  • Brian Smart, Manager, Capital Projects
  • Julie Denton, Executive Admin Assistant, Capital Projects
  • Co-chair Jeff Coulter, Principal on Special Assignment
  • Co-chair, Micah Smith, Principal, Alderwood Elementary


  • Commit to meetings and be an active participant

Budget Implications:

  • No anticipated impact to the general fund