Capital Facilities Planning
The Long-Range Facilities Task Force appointed by the Board of Directors was charged with long-range planning for the Port Angeles School District’s facilities, technology services, and educational support functions. The Task Force consisted of 65+ people from our schools and local community. It met throughout the year and evaluated economic and demographic projections that represent the anticipated enrollment capacity needed over the next five, ten and twenty years to properly serve the school community. Additionally, the Task Force evaluated the current physical condition and technological value of all school district properties.
The Long Range Facilities Task Force made two recommendations for Board consideration and approval at the December 12, 2013 School Board meeting.
1. It recommended that the Board of Directors move forward with asking the voters in the Port Angeles School District to pass a bond up to the District’s bonding capacity to build a new high school and begin
implementation of recommendation two as follows.
2. In order to fully address the Task Force’s charge, the second recommendation gives the
Task Force more time to research the K-8 delivery models and infrastructure that effectively address the District’s long term facilities, technology, and educational needs.
The Task Force reconvened for Ffurther research on an appropriate grade configuration that addresses both overcrowded schools and schools with underutilized capacity. The Task Force looked comprehensively at past, current and projected demographic trends, capacity and room utilization information.
Task Force members voted the PreK-5, 6-8, 9-12 configuration model as its preference for recommendation to the Board of Directors. Task Force members cited multiple advantages of the PreK-5, 6-8, 9-12. Highlights include: 20 year successful operation of this model; increased academic and enrichment opportunities for 6th graders at the middle school level; and the economic advantages of four vs five elementary schools.
January 23, 2014
The Board of Directors approved a timeline for a February 10, 2015 bond vote to build a new high school.
January 23, 2014
The Board of Directors approved a Request for Qualified Architectural and Engineering Firms for pre-bond planning Services to develop scope and costs for a future 2015 bond effort.
March 13, 2014
The Board of Directors selected McGranahan Architects for pre-bond planning services.
April 22, 2014
McGranahan Architects representatives begin meeting with a 15 member Capital Facilities Committee approved by the Board of Directors.
May 16, 2014
PASD conducts staff survey and receives input about future Port Angeles High School facilities.
June 24, 2014
McGranahan Architects hosted a first community forum to solicit general input about a new high school.
June 26, 2014
Granahan Architects representatives met with Board of Directors for a study session.
September 16, 2014
McGranahan Architects representatives hosted a second community forum to solicit general input about a new high school.
September 24, 2014
McGranahan Architects representative Chris Lilley conducted a high school site plan exercise with the Port Angeles High School staff, then advisory teachers led students through the same process the following week to gain input from staff and students about the new high school.
October 3, 2014
Port Angeles High School Principal Jeff Clark led Stevens Middle School leadership students through a site plan exercise to gain input middle school students about the new high school.
October 14, 2014
McGranahan Architects representatives host a third community forum to solicit general input about a new high school.
October 23, 2014
The Capital Facilities Committee will make its recommendation to the Board of Directors about the scope and costs for a February 10, 2014 bond for a new high school.
November 13, 2014
The Board of Directors unanimously approved Resolution 1415-07, Bonds to Construct a New High School, in the amount of $98,254,000 for a term of 25 years to be placed on the February 10, 2015 special election ballot. The bond allows for construction of a new high school on the existing site to replace Port Angeles High School and renovate the Performing Arts Center.
February 10, 2015
The capital bond to build a new high school and renovate the Performing Arts Center on the Port Angeles High School campus did not pass, receiving a total of 4,782 "approved" votes and 4,844 "rejected" votes.
Long-Range Facilities Task Force 2013