The Shelton School District will be asking voters next February to approve a replacement levy and a construction bond. Tuesday night, the Shelton School Board adopted two resolutions officially placing the measures on the February 14th Special Election Ballot. The first resolution is for a $7.3 Million replacement maintenance and operations levy. The second resolution is for a $64,778,906 construction bond.
If approved, the levy would allow the District to continue operations while the bond would pay for necessary improvements to all schools in the District including a new addition to the high school and a new Mountain View Elementary.
The plan has over $29.5 Million ($29,539,975) of improvements at Shelton High School. This includes 26 new classrooms in a new 41,850 square foot two-story building at the front of the school, a new auxiliary gym just west of the pool, ADA upgrades, and technology and safety upgrades to the campus as well as replacing roofs and windows. The new addition is the only option for the District given restrictions in place because of the high school’s proximity to Sanderson Field. According to Jeff Feeney with KMB Architects, four of the school’s buildings are impacted by the airports approach pattern.
The new Mountain View Elementary would be a 45,000 square foot school for $24.5 Million ($24,501,882). This would also include modernization of the Octagonal Building (preschool) and new play fields at the school on K Street.
Here are summaries of work at the District’s other schools:
Choice High School – $1,220,341 – new classroom at auditorium stage; ADA access at front entrance; replace roofing; demolish old existing block building; technology and safety improvements.
Oakland Bay Junior High – $2,466,464 – ADA entrance at south entrance; paint interior and exterior; replace boilers and hot water tanks; mold remediation at windows; technology and safety improvements.
Olympic Middle School – $1,658,630 – repair and/or replace roofing; technology and safety improvements.
Evergreen Elementary – $1,476,272 – replace two portables; reside and painting remaining portables; technology and safety improvements.
Bordeaux Elementary – $1,090,701 – covered landings and walkways for portables; replace boilers; technology and safety improvements.
There are other District-wide improvements in the plan that will be contingent on remaining funding after the building improvements are completed.
Highclimber Stadium – replace the track and light boxes; structural evaluation.
Shelton Pool – new unisex restroom/changing area; ADA upgrades; resurface pool deck.
Transportation & Maintenance – demolish old buildings to create new parking; paint exterior of main building; replace heat pumps; repaving.
Childcare Center – provide new portable with playground.
Shelton Superintendent, Dr. Alex Apostle, told the board and the public the bond plan maximizes the District’s facilities:
Now that the resolutions have passed, the campaign begins. Feeney unveiled material and conceptual drawings which show the planned work at each school.
These drawings will be on display at each school as well as the District Office.
If the bond is approved in February, the plan would be to begin architectural work almost immediately and have construction going at all seven schools at the same time. The goal would be to have all projects completed and new facilities ready by September 2019.