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School district considering bond measure

By Brenda Sexton, The Courier-Herald

The Enumclaw School Board is once again examining its options and contemplating a bond levy on a future ballot that would build a new J.J. Smith Elementary School and modernize and fix up a number of other district facilities.

Superintendent Art Jarvis presented the board with information outlining dollar figures and a potential time line at its Jan. 26 regular meeting.

A change in the latest round of proposals is a move from building J.J. Smith on district-owned property north of town near Thunder Mountain Middle School. Jarvis said building a school in that area and working with King County would add an extra year to the project. The latest plans look at building a replacement on the existing site for $12.8 million.

Also on the list would be: addition and modernization at Byron Kibler Elementary School, $12.9 million; modernization of the 200 and 300 buildings and science and music classrooms at Enumclaw High School, $14 million; roofing, mechanical systems, fire alarm system, intercom/clock system and handicap access upgrades at Enumclaw Middle School, $4.2 million; modernization of Black Diamond Elementary School, $3.5 million; modernization of buildings 100, 300 and 400 and a music classroom at Westwood Elementary School, $6 million; roofing and parking lot upgrades at Southwood Elementary School, $600,000; and McDougall Street and middle school bus loop improvements, $1.8 million. All that brings an estimated total of $55.7 million. The district would hope to get $9 million in matching funds from the state to bring the bond issue price down to $46.7 million.

Ballot options the board is looking at are April, May or November or February 2005.

In other business, the board:

€ received certificates of appreciation because January is national board appreciation month. Jarvis outlined the number of years each member has served beginning with Mike Goodfellow at five years; Dale Holland, six years; Lorianne Taff, eight years; Andrew Willner, 10 years recently (he also served six years earlier), and Nancy Merrill, 13 years.

€ learned of extensive damage to the EHS shop class due to a broken pipe during the January snow storm. A water pipe carrying hot water within a heating system erupted, causing the room to become a sauna, damaging computers, floors, ceiling tiles, cabinetry and equipment. District business and operations director Tim Madden said the district is working with its insurance company to repair the damage.

€ tabled plans for a bond refinance since the market didn't hold and the current rates could not meet the district's targeted savings.

€ listened to a report from EHS assistant principal Joe Kristof and teacher Brian Patrick regarding progress of students in Enumclaw Adventure School. Patrick reported Washington Assessment of Student Learning scores are up and of a class of 30 seniors all are looking at some form of post-graduate education.

€ watched presentations on the rain forest by Enumclaw Middle School students Anthony Miller, Scott Leavens, Tim Smith and Grant Hathaway.

€ paid bills: GRCC, fall Running Start, $168,720; Puget Sound Energy, two months, $84,991; Enumclaw, December utilities, $32,291; food services, $21,577; petroleum, $14,190; Northwest Regional Data Service, $13,382; Pearson Education, elementary math materials, $10,071; KCDA for supplies, $9,516; Qwest, $9115 and Washington School Directors Association, fees, $7,831.

€ approved a trip for Susan Schmidt, EHS assistant principal, to visit the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego to become educated in education opportunities and teaching techniques. The board also approved travel for the EHS wind ensemble to go to University of Victoria, Canada, for a performance assessment.

€ examined the district's latest affirmative action report showing of the 200 applicants for district positions at elementary and secondary teacher, three applicants were Hispanic, two Asian or Pacific Islander, three American Indian, 66 were male and 134 female. The report also showed that of the 297 elementary and secondary teachers working in the district, two are Hispanic, one Asian or Pacific Islander, four American Indian, 215 female and 82 male. The report also showed 179 teachers are more than 40 years old, one is handicapped, two are Vietnam veteran and one falls under the category disabled veteran.

Brenda Sexton can be reached at the bsexton@courierherald.com

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