Facilities Update for March 2019: District office, transportation garage FAQ, Shuksan gym, Parkview and Alderwood

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker
Dear staff, students and families,

We are excited to share an update related to several facility and school-related projects, including our district office, transportation garage, future auxiliary gym at Shuksan Middle School and Parkview Elementary.

District Office

In January, we shared with our extended community the idea of moving the district office to the Barkley district, and the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive. We engaged with the public via email, phone and in-person meetings, including a community forum at the district office on Feb. 27. While some neighbors have wonders about the future of the office building on Dupont Street once sold, many community members say they prefer the plan to relocate to Barkley for the financial savings and better accommodation of future growth, both for office space and parking capacity. Based on the input we received, we plan to move forward with plans to relocate the district office to the Barkley district. We anticipate planning and building could take about two years.

Transportation Garage (aka “bus barn”)

When voters approved both of our 2013 and 2018 bonds, they approved funding to renovate an existing building where we maintain and repair our school buses at our transportation site at 1801 James Street. These interior renovations include improved service bays, vehicle hoists, fluid and air distribution, parts and tool storage, restrooms, break room, heating and ventilation systems, electrical systems and building envelope (windows, roof, etc.). We will go out to bid for this project soon. If you have heard about this project, you may find our FAQ helpful, which addresses frequently asked questions, including details about the project scope, property lines and inquiries about relocating our operations.

Shuksan Gym

The Shuksan Auxiliary Gym Planning Committee met in November and December and hosted a student forum and neighborhood meeting to receive input regarding plans for a new auxiliary gym. The new gym will be located at the back of the school adjacent to the bus loop. The gym will contain a full-sized basketball court, two middle school courts, spectator seating, equipment storage and restrooms that are accessible from inside and outside the school.

Parkview

Planning continues for the replacement of Parkview Elementary. The Parkview Educational Specifications/Design Advisory Committee is reviewing site and floor plans from Zervas Architect and looks forward to taking refined plans to the Cornwall neighborhood and Parkview school community later this spring. The good news is we’re still on target to open no later than 2022.

Alderwood

Planning continues for the replacement of Alderwood Elementary.  The work of the Alderwood Educational Specifications/Design Advisory Committee can be found here. A pre-application meeting was held with county and city staff last month to identify various permitting requirements for the project. The committee will reconvene next month once there is more clarity on a few land use issues.  As with Parkview, we’re still on target to open no later than 2022.

Other Projects

While no formal planning has taken place on the new Sunnyland Elementary School that work will get underway early next year allowing for the new school to also be open by 2022. We are forming an advisory committee to help with our turf field project (phase II) at Squalicum High School, which includes new soccer, baseball and softball fields.  We anticipate the new fields to be complete by late fall 2019.

Thanks as always for your continued support regarding our capital projects and school facilities, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions or wonders.

Greg Baker