As part of a comprehensive analysis of its facilities, Vancouver Public Schools is asking the community to give input about the condition of its school buildings. The survey will run March 10-24. It can be found on the district’s website.
In response to staff and community input during the refresh of the district’s strategic plan last year, district administrators began an extensive review of facility needs. The Design II, Chapter 2 strategic plan calls for integrating digital technology tools and modernizing facilities to ensure all students are prepared to thrive in the globally interdependent economy and community.
Planning so far has included an extensive study of facility needs including a six-year enrollment forecast, an analysis of the condition of every school, and a list of schools that could be candidates for replacement and/or remodeling.
Public input from the community survey will be included in the planning process in addition to a financial analysis, an elementary school-level design symposium, and a final recommendation for school projects.
“There will always be more need than resources,” said Superintendent Steve Webb. “We’ll have to prioritize potential candidate projects consistent with the criteria established by the school board. Any proposed measure must be affordable and responsive to our taxpayers.”
If approved by the school board, a bond measure could be placed on the ballot as early as February 2016.