Centennial School District taking an in-depth look at facilities
The Centennial School District has completed a comprehensive facilities planning process that began last year. The District hired the DLR Group, a Portland architecture, engineering and planning firm specializing in K-12 public schools, to assist in this work. The firm was charged with assessing all schools and district facilities and facilitating the 16-month process to result in a facilities improvement plan to support education. In addition, the firm looked at how Centennial can continue to be good stewards of the district’s assets through timely repairs and provide safer learning environments for all. This includes thorough consideration of all data, listening to the voices of all stakeholders and thoughtful consideration of all options before making a recommendation of how facilities can be improved to meet the needs of Centennial students, staff and the community as a whole.
Listening to all Stakeholders
The planning process officially kicked off with a public Community Summit in December where everyone living within the district’s boundary was invited to learn about the facilities planning process and give input about the needs of the schools. Discussions were focused on how schools are the hubs of communities and how school facilities can support the students as well as the community. Attendees participated in a series of activities from small group discussions regarding challenges students face and how the district can support them, to analyzing a large map of the district to assess the strengths and needs of the community as a whole. Individual questionnaires gave the opportunity for all attendees to share their thoughts. Participants represented local businesses, various neighborhoods in the district, parents, teachers and other school district staff.
Here is a link to the slides that were shared during the summit: CSD Listening Visioning Summit Presentation and a link to the CSD Facts shared at the Community Listening & Visioning Summit: CSD FACTS revised 2018 Dec 12
Staff Listening Sessions were conducted at every school, as well as questionnaires administered district-wide. A student engagement event with a broad spectrum of students from Centennial Middle School, Centennial High School and Centennial Park School was held to understand their perspective of what they need from a learning environment to be successful.
Community-based Facilities Planning Committee
The Long-Range Planning work is focused around a series of six interactive workshops, which began in January 2019 and concluded last June, in which a group of community members, parents, business leaders, teachers, and district administrators examine all the collected data in order to make recommendations for facilities improvements to the Centennial School Board. Committee members toured all schools and learned a great deal about the condition of all district properties. They looked at the physical conditions of structures and building systems, functionality of spaces to support all learners, and ability to accommodate current and future populations. The committee has reviewed the latest demographic report regarding projected enrollments. Costing data to make needed repairs and improvements and possible funding sources are also examined. The Committee listened to a presentation by a financial expert regarding funding capital improvement projects and general obligation bonds in school districts.
The Committee looked at how facilities support or hinder education, short-term (such as a possible bond in the next year) and long-term solutions in planning for the next 40 years. Under consideration are multiple options that address critical building repairs, safety and security improvements and providing spaces that best serve the needs of students. District facilities such as the maintenance shop, food service office and warehouse, transportation facility and district administration building have also been evaluated.
Members of the Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee are:
Centennial High School: Brent Child – Athletic Director; Terry Schloth – Assistant Principal; Melissa Standley – Parent; Myrna Jensen – Parent
Centennial Middle School: Rise’ Hawley – Principal; Julie Mack – Wellness Coordinator
Centennial Park School: Ajai Huja – Principal; Najwa Sweilem – Teacher; Luna Wylde – Teacher
Community Members: Shar Giard; Jeff Nelson
Meadows Elementary School: Kris Montgomery – Teacher
Oliver Elementary School: Lisa Clingan – Assistant Principal; Nathan Hallquist – Parent
Patrick Lynch Elementary School: Shalon Dittler – Parent
Parklane Elementary School: Cindy Bartley – Parent
Pleasant Valley Elementary School: Jerry Ray – Parent
Powell Butte Elementary School: Brandi Hutchinson – Parent/Staff
Maintenance Department: Chris Stomps – Supervisor; Larry Osborn – HVAC
Transportation Department: Kathy Calkins – Supervisor
Centennial School Board: Rod Boettcher; Ernie Butenschoen; Jess Hardin; Pam Shields
District Office: Angela Hubbs; Denise Wright; Greg Lecuyer; James Owens; Carol Fenstermacher; Dr. Paul Coakley
Many schools need repair or replacement to roofs, heating and ventilation systems, exterior windows, flooring, ceiling tiles and cabinetry. Building and site safety should be increased by creating entry vestibules, improving security systems, and improving bus and parent drop off areas. Separate gym and cafeterias are needed at four elementary schools to meet state requirements for physical education.
Facility improvements could also help address educational issues such as addressing chronic absenteeism, enhance student engagement in learning, create more appropriately equipped specialized learning spaces, adjust grade configurations to better align with educational curriculum, and provide space for student and family support services.
A progress report was presented to the School Board in June.
The Centennial School Board commissioned a survey to ascertain the communities support for moving forward to address the needs identified by the Long Range Facilities Committee.
In addition, Superintendent Dr. Paul Coakley has been meeting with parents and school staff to talk about the needs. Following are some of the issues being talked about:
How would the district pay for the capital needs?
The school board will likely place a bond ballot measure before voters in the Spring. A bond is a request by a school district for approval to issue debt to fund capital building needs. Capital building needs are usually substantial projects such as major building renovations, replacement of roofs and security upgrades, or the construction of new school buildings.
Centennial Schools are Aging.
The average age of school facilities in the Centennial School District is 55 years old. The proposed work allows the district to respond to challenges posed by aging buildings such as: Roofs, structural issues, HVAC systems, electrical systems and windows in need of replacement. In addition, all buildings are in need of safety and security improvements.
|Centennial High School||1959||2004|
|Centennial Middle School||1962||1974, 1995|
|Centennial Park Alt. School||1950’s||1997|
|Butler Creek Elementary||2003|
|Patrick Lynch Elementary||1957||1995|
|Powell Butte Elementary||1959||1995|
|Oliver Elementary||1969||1994-95 and 1974|
|Pleasant Valley Elementary||1939||1952, 1962, 1975, 1980, 1995|
The Centennial School Board convened a Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee to gather and analyze information about the facilities throughout the district. The information collected throughout the engagement process identified approximately $137 million in needs. The committee prioritized the needs and developed a plan that will address some of the most critical needs throughout the district and improve safety and security for students and staff. In addition, the proposed scope of work will provide physical education instructional spaces for elementary students and vocational classrooms for middle school students.
|Critical Capital Repairs
Protect the community’s investment in
schools. The proposed scope of work will provide repairs throughout the District such as replacing deteriorating roofs, exterior doors and windows, repairing foundations, and upgrading outdated heating, ventilation, and plumbing systems.
Eight roofs have outlived their useful life, they are waterlogged and leaking. Eight schools have boiler systems that also out-lived their expected lifespan and need to be replaced. Two schools need building foundation repairs.
|Safety & Security
Update safety and security systems, infrastructure including intercoms, fire alarm systems, and security cameras. Replace exterior doors where needed, and install physical security monitoring systems.
Make Energy Improvements
Improve cost efficiency and reduce ongoing maintenance costs, such as replacing old, inefficient high maintenance heating and ventilation systems and windows.
Renovate existing classroom space, cafeteria/gym multipurpose rooms, and construct spaces to improve learning environments.
|Match from the State
If the school board places a bond before voters and it is is successful, the state will add approximately $7.5 million in matching funds which will also be applied to capital maintenance repairs.
|How were the projects identified?
||Proposed Oversight Committee
If a bond is placed before voters and is approved, the district will appoint a community-based oversight committee to review fiscal and facility decisions and expenditures.
For a copy of the Long Range Facilities Planning Update brochure – click here Long Range Facilities Planning Update Brochure