Vancouver Public Schools is dedicated to providing schools and learning environments that support and promote 21st-century learning for students. Local voters approved a bond measure that will 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Many Vancouver schools are old, overcrowded and outdated.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.
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.
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.