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Scientific survey: Most Longview residents don't want school change

October 28, 2013 11:40 pm  • 

Longview residents like their schools and the quality of education, but they’re not convinced that declining school enrollment is a serious problem or that dealing with it needs to be a high priority right now, a researcher told the Longview School Board at its meeting Monday night.

A survey of 400 school district residents found that about half are willing to consider school consolidation. However, 65 percent prefer that the school district keep the current number of schools, Lake Oswego researcher Ben Patinkin told the board. But when residents were told that maintaining the status quo would cost $155 million over 20 years — more than any of the consolidation options — the number of people in favor of it dropped to 40 percent.

Patinkin Research Strategies, hired by the district in June, surveyed residents on land lines and cellphones between Sept. 26 and Oct. 1. The survey has a plus-or-minus 4.9 percent margin of error.

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Election analysis points to anti-merger penchant across Longview

August 24, 2013 11:30 pm  • 

Right after the Aug. 6 primary, in which two incumbent school board members took a shellacking, Longview School Superintendent Suzanne Cusick said “citizens sent a message that they care deeply about our schools.”

A look a precinct-by-precinct results of the election, available for the first time last week, more likely shows something else — voters were just plain just angry over the high school/middle school merger issue.

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Public comment: Abandon merger studies

August 12, 2013 11:30 pm  • 

Opponents of school consolidation Monday night urged the Longview School Board to abandon a scientific phone survey of voter attitudes toward a merger plan, saying the Aug. 6 primary showed widespread public opposition.

Longview businessman Jeff Wilson told the board it was “ridiculous” to spend any money on a phone survey and they should “pull the plug now.”

“You are aware of the primary results,” he said, referring to the drubbing of two board incumbents. “It’s extremely scientific to the measurement of what people think.”

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School board races leave Longview poised for change of direction

August 07, 2013 8:15 pm  • 

Tuesday’s primary vote on two Longview School Board races shows the public wants both a change in leadership and the direction of the school merger discussion, according to interviews Wednesday with supporters and skeptics of consolidation.

A citizens committee recommendation to merge the two high schools on the R.A. Long/Monticello campus “created a lot of havoc in the community,” committee member Ray Van Tongeren acknowledged, and the vote was a reaction. “The citizens spoke. I think this community does not like change. I love change.”

In the race for board Position 1, school board president Jerry Stinger came in a distant second to challenger C.J. Nickerson, who captured 61 percent of the vote. Stinger, who got 25 percent, will face Nickerson in the general election, having outpolled challenger Darrell Smith in the state’s “top two” primary.

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Election Results: Longview School Board incumbents trailing

August 06, 2013 9:25 pm  • 

In an election that could be viewed as a referendum on the Longview school merger issue, challenger C.J. Nickerson trounced incumbent school board president Jerry Stinger in Tuesday’s primary election.

Nickerson captured 61 percent of the vote, easily outpolling Stinger, who got 25 percent. As winners of the “top two” primary, Stinger and Nickerson will face off in the November general election. A third candidate in the race for the position 1 seat, Darrell Smith, captured just 13 percent of the vote.

Results in the other Longview school board race were much closer, with incumbent James Campbell narrowly trailing challengers J.D. Rossetti and James Mossman. Rossetti was leading with 29.36 percent of the vote in Tuesday night’s returns. Rossetti lead Mossman by 13 votes and Campbell by 66 votes.

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Longview's Nickerson has one of state's largest school board campaign funds

Longview's Nickerson has one of state's largest school board campaign funds

Longview School Board candidate C.J. Nickerson has not only raised more money than the other six Longview board candidates combined, he’s one …

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Longview School Board debates 3 of the 8 merger options

Longview School Board members said Monday they’re in no rush to decide which, if any, schools should be closed because of shrinking enrollment.

July 29, 2013 11:00 pm Related (0)

Candidates talk merger and money at forum

Seven candidates for two Longview School Board races aired contrasting views of a possible school consolidation and exchanged ideas for improv…

July 28, 2013 11:30 pm(8)

Longview School Board has a stack of merger plans to study

Longview School Board has a stack of merger plans to study

What seemed in February to be a choice between “merge” or “don’t merge” for the Longview School Board has become much more complicated.

July 27, 2013 11:14 pm Related (1)

Consultant: Consolidating schools could take 2.5 years

If the Longview School District decides to move forward with a high school consolidation plan, it would take about 21/2 years to complete the …

July 22, 2013 11:19 pm(1)

Longview School Board Position 2 candidates differ on merger opinions

Longview School Board Position 2 candidates differ on merger opinions

One thing is certain about the election for Longview School Board Director, Position No. 2: The winner’s first name will begin with “J.”

July 21, 2013 11:30 pm Related (2)

Stinger faces challenge from two others in Longview School Board race

Stinger faces challenge from two others in Longview School Board race

The stakes perhaps have never been higher than in any other previous Longview School Board races.

July 20, 2013 11:30 pm Related (6)

Longview School Board hears merger opinions at 'listening post' event

Longview School Board hears merger opinions at 'listening post' event

Longview School Board members got an earful Monday and Thursday at a pair of “listening posts” that gave citizens a chance to air their views …

July 18, 2013 10:38 pm Related (1)

School board wants more merger suggestions

School board wants more merger suggestions

The Longview School Board wants to hear more ideas from the public as it considers the best way to deal with excess building space caused by d…

June 17, 2013 11:05 pm Related (2)

Longview School Board to examine alternatives to merging schools

Longview School Board to examine alternatives to merging schools

The Longview School Board will study five alternatives to a recommendation for merging schools at Monday’s special study session.

June 14, 2013 9:00 pm Related (2)

School district hires firm for opinion poll on school consolidation plan

School district hires firm for opinion poll on school consolidation plan

The Longview School board Monday hired Patinkin Research Strategies to conduct a telephone public opinion poll about a proposed school consoli…

June 11, 2013 2:00 pm Related (2)

Consolidating Longview schools will save money, consultant says

Consolidating Longview schools will save money, consultant says

Longview School District would save $10.2 million over 10 years if it consolidates schools — even if the district doesn’t sell Mark Morris, ac…

June 10, 2013 11:28 pm Related (18)

Longview School District survey card gauges knowledge of merger issues

Longview School District survey card gauges knowledge of merger issues

The Longview School District has included a survey card in its latest newsletter. It’s the first of numerous opinion-gathering methods the Lon…

May 29, 2013 6:00 pm Related (2)

The math behind a proposal to merge three middle schools into two

The math behind a proposal to merge three middle schools into two

Cascade and Mount Solo middle schools may be big enough to absorb the student population of Monticello Middle School, but even under the most …

May 18, 2013 11:00 pm Related (9)

Consultant: Cost to district the same with or without school merger

Consultant: Cost to district the same with or without school merger

Merging Longview’s high schools and middle schools would cost about $33 million, about the same it would cost to continue maintaining all scho…

May 14, 2013 5:00 pm Related (2)

School Board to proceed with merger poll despite member's opposition

School Board to proceed with merger poll despite member's opposition

Despite one board member’s “heartburn” about the price tag, the Longview School Board will proceed with its plans to take a professional publi…

May 13, 2013 10:30 pm Related (4)

Two challengers seek to unseat Longview School Board president

Two challengers seek to unseat Longview School Board president

A three-way race for Jerry Stinger’s Longview School Board position shaped up on the very first day for candidates to file for elective office…

May 13, 2013 8:15 pm Related (2)

Longview School Board to review drawings of merged campus

Longview School Board to review drawings of merged campus

At Monday’s study session, the Longview School Board will go over an architect’s conceptual rendition of how a merged R.A. Long-Monticello cam…

May 11, 2013 8:15 pm Related (5)

Arizona developer won't pursue purchase of Longview school facilities

Arizona developer won't pursue purchase of Longview school facilities

Arizona developer Don Cardon on Friday said he will not pursue the purchase of Mark Morris High School and Northlake Elementary schools from t…

May 10, 2013 10:00 pm Related (16)

Longview School Board talks capacity, programs in event of merger

Longview School Board talks capacity, programs in event of merger

Eight years ago, Monticello Middle School students were stuffed into Mount Solo Middle School while Monticello underwent remodeling.

May 06, 2013 11:00 pm Related (4)

District: Scientific poll will provide better sense of feelings about merger

District: Scientific poll will provide better sense of feelings about merger

The Longview School District will spend between $15,000 and $20,000 to conduct a professional opinion survey in June to sample the community’s…

May 01, 2013 10:00 pm Related (10)

Longview School District considering opinion poll on proposed merger

Longview School District considering opinion poll on proposed merger

The Longview School District may conduct a public opinion poll about its school merger proposal.

April 25, 2013 8:30 pm Related (13)

Tie vote kills motion to have public advisory vote on school merger

Tie vote kills motion to have public advisory vote on school merger

Longview School Board member Barbara Westrick’s attempt to force a public vote on the school merger issue fell short Monday night, but she mig…

April 23, 2013 11:10 pm Related (25)

Teachers union says it's been shut out of Longview merger talks

Teachers union says it's been shut out of Longview merger talks

Longview’s teachers had a clear message Monday for school board members considering closing Mark Morris High School: Scrap the plan and start over.

April 22, 2013 11:45 pm Related (11)

Would merging high schools save Longview money?

Would merging high schools save Longview money?

It’s a simple and essential question to ask but a challenging one to answer: How much money would consolidating Longview schools save? And the…

April 22, 2013 11:00 pm Related (8)

School board tours middle school to gauge effects of possible merger

School board tours middle school to gauge effects of possible merger

Mount Solo Middle School is big enough to handle a proposed merger of Longview middle schools with a little room to spare, members of the scho…

April 16, 2013 6:10 pm Related (3)

Developer shares ideas for Mark Morris property

Developer shares ideas for Mark Morris property

Phoenix developer Don Cardon on Tuesday sketched out his vision of a $150 million to $200 million development on the Mark Morris-Northlake pro…

April 09, 2013 10:15 pm Photos

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Principals present wish list, concerns in event of school merger

Four Longview school principals Monday gave the school board a wish list of features that they’d like to see in schools if the district goes t…

April 08, 2013 10:35 pm(2)

Developer has plans for Mark Morris high school

Should the Longview School Board decide to consolidate high schools and sell Mark Morris to finance the merger, an Arizona developer says he i…

March 28, 2013 8:30 pm(8)

Study sessions on possible school merger on the horizon

Study sessions on possible school merger on the horizon

The Longview School Board has scheduled a series of special study sessions on the school merger issue through April and May. All the study ses…

March 26, 2013 8:20 pm(1)

School board examines potential school boundaries in event of merger

If the Longview School District decides to close Monticello Middle School and bus its students to the other two middle schools, it won’t cost …

March 25, 2013 10:44 pm(6)

About 130 gather to fight school merger

About 130 parents, teachers and community members gathered Thursday night at the Cowlitz PUD auditorium in Longview to marshal their resources…

March 14, 2013 10:00 pm(29)

Longview School Board begins compiling merger study list

The Longview School Board on Monday night began making a study list for information it needs to decide whether to merge high schools and close…

February 25, 2013 11:25 pm(1)

Pros, cons of merging Longview's two high schools

Pros, cons of merging Longview's two high schools

It may be the biggest story of the year in Longview: Should the community merge its high schools, its middle schools and its elementaries?

February 21, 2013 8:20 pm Photos

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Teachers union declares no confidence in school facilities process

The Longview teachers union on Monday passed a resolution of no confidence in the process that led a citizens committee to recommend that the …

February 11, 2013 11:40 pm(22)

How to fund potential high school merger far from certain, panel admits

How to fund potential high school merger far from certain, panel admits

If no one buys Mark Morris High School, Longview’s proposed high school consolidation likely won’t happen, facilities committee member Bob Gui…

February 08, 2013 11:00 pm Photos

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Longview school committee votes to recommend merging high schools

Longview school committee votes to recommend merging high schools

On a 25-11 vote, the Longview Facilities Committee agreed Thursday night to recommend that the city’s two high schools be merged.

February 07, 2013 11:45 pm Photos

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Opposition to merging of Longview's high schools gains momentum

Opposition to a proposal to merge Longview’s two high schools is starting to gel even as a citizens committee is set to meet Thursday and like…

February 02, 2013 9:00 pm(12)

Subcommittee releases first draft of school merger plan

Subcommittee releases first draft of school merger plan

An idea to merge Longview’s high schools took another step forward last week.

January 27, 2013 6:00 am(10)

Longview schools subcommittee meeting on facilities not open to public

The subcommittee meeting of the Longview Facilities Planning Committee scheduled for Thursday (Jan. 24) is a working meeting and not open to t…

January 23, 2013 4:45 pm(0)

Potential high school merger could lead to sale of MM campus

Potential high school merger could lead to sale of MM campus

Lower Columbia College and Mark Morris High School share a common birthplace and have had a cooperative relationship since MM opened in 1957. …

January 22, 2013 10:20 pm(11)

Committee: Show us a more specific plan to merge MM, RAL

A citizens committee studying a proposal to merge Longview’s high schools put off a recommendation Thursday, saying it needs more information …

January 10, 2013 11:39 pm Related (7)

How would merging high schools impact athletics?

How would merging high schools impact athletics?

This is the final installment of our three-part look at an idea to merge Longview’s two high schools, based on interviews with Superintendent …

December 22, 2012 10:15 pm Photos

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What would it cost to merge Longview's high schools?

What would it cost to merge Longview's high schools?

Here is the second part of our three-day series about an idea to merge Longview’s two high schools at the Monticello/R.A. Long campus. It’s ba…

December 21, 2012 10:15 pm Photos

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One high school or two for Longview?

One high school or two for Longview?

A Longview school building study started out as a way to cope with declining enrollment, but it has morphed into something much bigger in scop…

December 20, 2012 11:50 pm Photos

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Crowd skeptical of schools merger

Longview School District parents, teachers and community members are skeptical about how combining the city’s two high schools will cut costs …

December 18, 2012 10:45 pm(0)

Potential merging of high schools still has many hurdles to clear

Combining Longview’s two high schools into a single campus would cost $7 million, and other parts of a citizens committee plan to make Longvie…

December 07, 2012 8:15 pm(9)

Panel leans toward merging R.A. Long and Mark Morris

A school district citizens committee is likely to recommend that the city have a single high school on the R.A. Long-Monticello campus.

December 06, 2012 11:29 pm(23)

Jerry Stinger elected Longview School Board president

Fellow board members elected Jerry Stinger president of the Longview School Board Monday night, replacing Skip Urling, who has served two term…

November 27, 2012 12:00 pm(0)

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