After months of discussion, the Longview School Board Tuesday evening will release a draft plan for its November bond measure, which is likely to include two new elementary schools and renovations for Memorial Stadium.
Board members will vote on the final plan April 8 after the draft undergoes a period of public comment.
Recent board discussions on March 4 and March 11 suggested the draft plan will include:
- A new, 540-student elementary school at Mint Valley.
- A new, 540-student elementary school at Northlake.
- Renovations at Memorial Stadium and field, including new turf, a rebuilt track and refurbished grandstands.
- Expansion of the high school trades program, including the addition of a science, technology, engineering and math lab at R.A. Long High School and continued upgrades to the pre-apprenticeship program at Mark Morris High School.
- Districtwide safety and security upgrades, including double entryways at all schools that would force all visitors to check in at the front office before they could enter the school.
- Districtwide building maintenance projects, including roof repairs, HVAC updates and flooring replacements at most schools.
These projects would cost about $115 million and would increase taxes on a $200,000 home by $184 per year, according to district estimates.
The district facilities advisory team also proposed projects for new 375-student elementary school at Olympic and a stand-alone preschool to replace classrooms at Broadway Learning Center. However, those projects received less support from the board.
Instead, board members informally supported building a larger school at Northlake and reserving space to house its state-mandated, special education preschool classrooms. Right now the district serves about 75 special education preschoolers in both of its half-day programs, or 150 students total. Those classes take place in the Broadway Learning Center.
District officials suggested reserving room for about 100 preschoolers per half-day, should those classes be relocated to Northlake.
The board also supported making Olympic a focus of the building maintenance projects, should a new school at that site be excluded from a bond. Including the new school would increase the cost of the bond by $35.5 million, setting the district above the suggested $130 million price tag.
According to a scientific phone survey and community forums, voters are most supportive of a $115-$130 million measure. However, some community members have suggested the board keep the measure at or under the total of its failed measure from November 2017.
A $121.6 million measure failed narrowly at ballots that election, with 58 percent “yes” votes. A school facilities bond requires 60 percent support to pass.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the School District Administration Building on Lilac Street.