The Centennial School District’s School Board recently approved the Long-Range Facility Plan as presented by the Long Range Facilities Committee. As part of the plan, the committee identified numerous needs throughout the district – ranging from the need for a new middle school to replacing water pipes and upgrading HVAC systems.
The needs identified by the committee, with input from more than 100 patrons and staff, are extensive and wide-ranging. To address all of the needs, the committee recommended that the work be done in phases. The Phase One recommendations were presented to and approved by the School Board.
The Phase One recommendations include:
- Building a new middle school on property the district owns at SE 172nd and Foster. This would alleviate overcrowding at the seven elementary schools and Centennial Middle School. It will also address space issues at the elementary schools caused by all day kindergarten and the need for adequate space to meet student needs through ELL, Special Education, Title programs, music, small groups and partnerships with community organizations. The committee also recommends that sixth grade be moved to the middle school. Currently sixth graders attend elementary school.
- Increase facility flexibility at five schools by constructing multi-purpose rooms at Meadows, View, Wood and Parklane Elementary Schools and Centennial Park School. This will meet the schools physical education requirements as they currently do not have a separate physical education space and it would increase space for community use at those schools.
- Provide a safe and secure learning environment at all schools by making upgrades to intercom systems, cameras, vestibule entries and automatic door locks.
- Demonstrate continued stewardship of district facilities to industry standards by providing healthy and comfortable learning environment for students so they can be world-competitive. This would include updated fire and life safety systems (alarms, smoke detectors, sprinklers, etc.), HVAC and energy efficiency upgrades, domestic water improvements, and IT network infrastructure upgrades.
- Improve and maintain athletic facilities for students and the community, by improving and maintaining district athletic facilities with upgraded playable fields and gyms that encourage students and the community to live active healthy lives, and for students to be competitive.
Other recommendations include:
- Continue to develop long-term options for Centennial Park School, and
- In the event of a bond, establish a citizens oversight committee to prioritize bond expenditures and report to the school board.
Over the next 3-to-4 months, district personnel will gather projected costs for the items on the Phase One list. Once the costs are collected and shared with the school board, the board will decide how to pay for the improvements. Funding options include seeking grants, fund-raising, selling property the district currently owns and/or placing a bond measure before voters.