The community’s school buildings play a key role in helping our students have good learning experiences. In addition to adequate heating, lighting, and plumbing, it is important how well the buildings can accommodate changing educational practices. School buildings are part of the overall community assets, and the school district must be mindful of the investment the community makes in the buildings.
In Longview, student enrollment trends, state class size requirements, and aging buildings are three indicators that now is an opportune time to prepare the Longview School District for its future.
The staff/citizen Facility Advisory Committee, a standing committee reporting to the school board, is overseeing a process to continue to evaluate the district’s needs and conditions of its buildings, solicit staff and community comments, and discuss some initial projects or ideas.
Activity: School Board meeting: adopted a building bond request of $121.6 million to replace Mint Valley, Northlake, and Olympic elementary schools; because of the board's commitment to continuing the district's partnership with Head Start, $12.5 million is also earmarked for the district's preschool program. In addition, the highest-priority safety and security upgrades at various schools throughout the district will be funded through $2.75 million of the bond request.
Activity: Adopted the district’s Facility Master Plan to submit to the state. The plan includes elementary construction projects that are included in the bond proposal that will be presented to voters November 7, 2017.