District considers committee's recommendations with focus on school safety and facilities (Photo)
Washougal, WA - The Washougal School District is inviting the public to discuss issues surrounding student safety, enrollment growth, and facility capacity as it considers the recommendations of the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee. The district will host a series of School Safety and Facilities Planning Forums at each Washougal school.
During the 2013-14 school year, the Long Range Facility Planning Committee evaluated the needs and conditions of WSD facilities and prepared recommendations to ensure that Washougal school facilities support a safe, positive environment for student learning and success.
The committee's recommendations include several priorities for the district, including improving safety at school entrances as well as planning for recent and anticipated enrollment growth. The district has grown by an average of 70 students per year over the past three years. Portables, many of them outdated and in use beyond their intended life span, are being used to house classrooms and other programs at six of seven schools.
The committee consisted of 18 members representing Washougal area citizens, district staff, two school board members and other individuals with professional expertise in facility planning. They reviewed nearly 300 needs identified by the district and toured school buildings over the course of several months. The evaluation separated the needs into two basic categories facility needs that should be funded through voter-approved bonds and facility needs that should be addressed through the district's annual budget process. The highest priority identified by the committee was the need to improve the safety and security of every district school.
A copy of the Long Range Facility Planning Committee's final report can be found on the district website at http://bit.ly/1qcGg7V
The Washougal School District will host a series of School Safety and Facilities Planning Forums to address school safety concerns, facilities conditions, and to plan for future needs and growth.
Upcoming forum dates:
9/24/14: Washougal High School, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
10/13/14: Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
10/14/14: Jemtegaard Middle School, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
10/16/14: Canyon Creek Middle School, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
10/20/14: Hathaway Elementary School, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
11/6/14: Gause Elementary School, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Attached: Long Range Facilities Planning Committee's final report;
Photo caption: Community members, staff and board members attended an August 25 facilities forum to learn more about safety and facilities in Washougal School District.