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Special Meeting/Workshop of the Board

Student Services Center, Room 18

10903 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

 November 14, 2016


Present:        President Marty Schafer, Vice President Carole Jacobs, Becki Kellcy, Joe Vlaming, Paul Wagemann and Debbie LeBeau 

4:00 p.m.       President Marty Schafer called to order the Special Meeting/Workshop of the Board. 



The Board of Directors scheduled this special meeting/workshop for the purpose of addressing open questions related to the Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) report of October 24, 2016.  Administrator for Business Services and Capital Projects Rick Ring led the workshop discussion. 

Mr. Ring provided the Board with a capital projects funding overview.  He discussed competing resources for property taxes, debt capacity limits, bonding capacity, non-voter approved bonds and capital project funds. His report included cost estimates based on various scenarios identified by the FAC.  

Schools identified as a priority by the FAC, based on deficiencies related to the condition of the buildings, include Clover Park High School; Mann, Lochburn and Woodbrook middle schools; and Custer, Dower, Idlewild, Lake Louise, Oakbrook, Tillicum and Tyee Park elementary schools. 

The FAC identified that Woodbrook is nearing the end of its facility life cycle and that major system failure of the infrastructure would likely occur within the next few years.  Mr. Ring shared the FACs finding that the closure of Woodbrook should be considered.  This topic was extensively discussed to give the Board a clear understanding of what would be necessary to close Woodbrook or to continue serving students at that location with the numerous deficiencies that exist.  

The Board considered short- and long-term strategies for the mentioned schools and focused on options that would best serve all Clover Park School District students by providing a safe and equitable learning environment that supports student learning. 

Mr. Ring also recommended to the Board that the need for portable classrooms will be necessary to meet capacity needs at Mann and Lochburn, when/if Woodbrook Middle School is closed; and particularly at school locations where deficiencies are to be repaired and upgrades to infrastructure occur. If portables are purchased, they need to be purchased in December to ensure they are ready for use prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year. The portables being considered would each accommodate two classrooms and include restrooms. President Schafer shared his concerns that while portables meet the need to house students, he does believe it impacts the culture at the school and offers less opportunity for inclusiveness. 

The Board will receive additional updates at the November 28 board meeting/workshop. 

Executive Session

There was no executive session. 

5:40 p.m.       The meeting was adjourned. 




Dr. Marty Schafer, President




Deborah L. LeBeau, Superintendent