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Bond measure to rebuild, upgrade schools

Vancouver Public Schools is dedicated to providing schools and learning environments that support and promote 21st-century learning for students. The district is requesting a bond measure to replace several older schools and meet state mandates for smaller class sizes. The proposed bond measure will appear on the ballot in the Feb. 14, 2017, local special election. Bond measures require a 60 percent supermajority “yes” vote for approval.

The last bond measure in Vancouver Public Schools was passed in 2001. If approved by voters, the new bond would allow the district to build three new schools; replace, remodel and/or enlarge several schools; and provide improvements and updates to all other schools in the district.

Many Vancouver schools are old, overcrowded and outdated. On average, the schools slated for replacement are more than half a century old. They were built without adequate wiring for computers and the Internet, and they lack current safety standards for earthquakes. They are less energy-efficient and have more maintenance requirements than newer schools.

Many newer schools, however, also are overcrowded and/or in need of updates to reverse the wear and tear of hundreds of students, staff members, volunteers and visitors passing through their halls each day. The planned projects would help the district fulfill the community’s vision for VPS outlined in the strategic plan.

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Lieser Elementary opened in 1944. Now home to the Lieser Campus, the 72-year-old building is showing its age.

Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Webb sits down with Jason Lee Middle School teacher Carl Click to lay out the facts for the bond measure the school district is asking voters to approve in February 2017.

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Middle schools

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High schools and beyond

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Other facilities

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Planning timeline

PHASE I - 1990

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Alki Middle School

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Chinook Elementary School

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Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School

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PHASE II - 1994

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Discovery Middle School

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Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

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Harney Elementary School

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Lincoln Elementary School

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Skyview High School

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Hudson's Bay High School

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Fort Vancouver High School

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Lewis and Clark High School

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Columbia River High School

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Lake Shore Elementary School

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Minnehaha Elementary School

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Fruit Valley Community Learning Center

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PHASE III – 2001

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Ben Franklin Elementary School

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Washington Elementary School

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Hazel Dell Elementary School

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Salmon Creek Elementary School

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Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School

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Thomas Jefferson Middle School

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Felida Elementary School

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Eisenhower Elementary School

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Elementary school symposium

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iTech Preparatory symposium

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iTech design concepts

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Ogden Elementary symposium

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Ogden design concepts

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Marshall Elementary symposium

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Marshall design concepts

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McLoughlin Middle School symposium

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McLoughlin design concepts

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Truman Elementary symposium

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King Elementary symposium

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King design concepts

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Walnut Grove Elementary symposium

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Walnut Grove design concepts

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Columbia River High School symposium

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Lieser Campus symposium

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Lieser Campus design concepts

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VSAA symposium

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VSAA design concepts

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Fir Grove/Vista symposium

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The involvement of staff, students, parents and the community in the facilities planning process is a longtime commitment and practice of Vancouver Public Schools.

VPS has 37 schools and programs located within its 58-square-mile boundaries.

The last bond measure in Vancouver Public Schools was passed in 2001. Several schools were replaced and remodeled as a result. The newest of those schools is Eisenhower Elementary School, which opened in 2006.

Truman, King and Ogden were built more than 40 years ago, Marshall Elementary and McLoughlin Middle School were built more than 60 years ago; and Lieser School was built 70 years ago.

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Re: Schools: A Conversation with Superintendent Dr. Steve Webb

December 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Webb sits down with Jason Lee Middle School teacher Carl Click to lay out the facts for the bond measure the school district is asking voters to approve in February 2017.

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See the three concepts that planning teams of staff members and architects developed for VSAA's proposed expansion!

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Re: Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

VSAA's students and staff excel, thanks to a strong school culture and parental support. However, the building that houses the school prevents it from fully meeting local demand for artistic opportunities.

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