Facilities Planning Process
Sequim School District regularly undertakes long range facilities planning. The current Facilities Planning process began in 2008. The district superintendent convened a committee of citizens and assigned district staff to support the process. The 2008 Facilities Committee issued a report to the Board. The complete report can be found here (click to be linked to report). The 2008 Facilities Committee recommended the following actions:
Request the City of Sequim vacate W. Fir Street between 3rd Avenue and the Community School Gym; request complete, request denied by City of Sequim
Move the Transportation operations to South 3rd Avenue site; completed in 2008
Remodel the Old High School Building and consolidate all district administrative offices into that building; completed in 2012
Demolish the Community School Building and construct a new elementary school to replace Haller Elementary; not complete, recommendation modified by successive facilities committee due to city's refusal to vacate Fir Street and changing population distribution.
Add a cafeteria to Greywolf Elementary; not complete.
Upgrade Haller Elementary to serve as overflow facility; not complete.
Replace stadium light poles and track, replace gymnasium floor. Stadium lights replaced in 2010, remainder incomplete.
Add band and choir room to Performing Arts Center at high school; incomplete.
Add six classrooms to high school campus to replace portables; incomplete.
Purchase property on east side of City of Sequim for a new school site; incomplete.
The School Board declined to take action in 2008 on the Facilities Committee recommendations due to economic conditions brought about by the 2008 Recession. Action would have required asking voters to approve a bond issue or a capital projects levy and the sense of the board at the time was it was not prudent to ask voters to shoulder the additional tax burden.
In 2013, the district Superintendent convened a new Facilities Committee charged with formulating a new plan for presentation to the Board of Directors. 15 community members working with district staff and architects from BLRB Architects of Tacoma formulated a new plan and presented it to members of the public for consideration and feed back. The proposal ultimately submitted to the district's Board of Directors was comprehensive and all projects can be found in this document. The Board considered the proposal over a two month period before approving a resolution to ask voters to allow the district to issue $154.3 million in construction bonds to complete the proposed projects. The voters rejected the request in April 2014.
The Board of Directors approved another resolution to place another bond question before voters in February 2015, asking for approval to issue $49.235 million in construction bonds to complete the following projects focusing on the most pressing facilities issues:
- Construct a new elementary school
- Add 4 classrooms and gymnasium to Greywolf Elementary
- Add 6 science classrooms and band and choir rooms to Sequim High School
- Modernize Haller Elementary to serve as a home for the district's Alternative Learning Experience program
- Modernize the district's base kitchen which provides food services to all schools in the district
- Remodel a portion of the Community School building to provide a central warehouse and building maintenance facility
- Demolish the remaining portion of the Community School building
Voter approval of the February 2015 bond proposal did not meet the 60% voter approval requirement. 57.5% of voters did approve the February 2015 proposal. The district's Board of Directors decided to ask voter approval on the same projects again on the November 2015 ballot. The revised cost estimate for the projects presented on the November 2015 ballot is $49.3 million dollars.
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