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School District revises capital facilities plan

Only minor changes in student generation factors and projected enrollment numbers were made to the Enumclaw School District’s Capital Facilities Plan.

The Enumclaw School Board approved the six-year plan, which takes the district through 2014, at its June 22 meeting. The plan lays a foundation for the district to work with growth as it comes to the area.

According to district Business and Operations Director Randy Stocker and attorney Denise Stiffarm, who presented the updated plan to the board, the changes focus most on future growth in Black Diamond, but also cover the addition of homes and apartments in the city of Enumclaw and King County.

The changes in the document presented at the meeting reflect slower growth than originally noted in last year’s plan. The plan is revisited annually.

The document reflects Yarrow Bay’s decision to build out its development in a different manner than originally planned. Yarrow Bay is the developer proposing to build approximately 6,000 residential units in Black Diamond. The district anticipates those homes and multi-family units to generate more than 3,500 students.

This decision led to changes in how the development will generate students and how those students will impact enrollment, Stocker said.

Stiffarm also noted latest data shows more students are coming from multi-family homes than single family homes. Adjustments were also made in proposed impact fees, which are designed to alleviate some of the financial burden to the district to provide adequate housing for those students. Stiffarm noted the document shows impact fees changing slightly for single family homes, but increasing substantially for multi-family units.

The document notes a new elementary school would cost approximately $29 million, not counting state matching funds, and need approximately 15 acres of land. When complete, it would house between 400 and 500 students. The current Black Diamond Elementary School is designed to house approximately 200 students, without the use of portable structures.

In other business, the board:

• accepted a donation of $7,814 to Southwood Elementary School from the Southwood PTA to purchase technology; $1,051 to Sunrise Elementary School from Sunrise PTA to be used for an end of the year field day; and $75,000 to the Enumclaw School District from the Enumclaw Schools Foundation to be used for 30 full-day kindergarten scholarships.

• approved out-of-state travel requests for the Enumclaw High School cross country team to go to Salem, Ore., and the basketball team to go to Wasilla, Alaska, at no cost to the district.

• accepted the retirement of Southwood Elementary teacher Janis Laybourn.

• hired Rod Lobdell as an EHS teacher.

• accepted a leave of absence for speech language pathologist (SLP) Jeanne Northfield.

• accepted Jill Thornton as an SLP leave replacement.

• transfered Thunder Mountain Middle School teacher Ted Carlson to EHS.

• accepted involuntary transfers from Necia Engebretsen, teacher, from EHS to TMMS; Megan Steinman-Neal, teacher, from Kibler Elementary School to EHS; Sarah Russell, teacher, from EHS to TMMS; Matthew Gaynor, teacher, from TMMS to Southwood; Debbie Evans, teacher, from Black Diamond to Black Diamond/Westwood Elementary School; Carol Wahl, counselor, from Westwood to Westwood/Black Diamond; Shawn DeForrest, teacher, from Westwood to TMMS; Denise Kellogg, counselor, from Southwood to Southwood/EHS; Debbie Shapiro, counselor, Sunrise to Enumclaw Middle School; Pat Roberts, teacher from Kibler to Kibler/Westwood; Cynthia Killip, teacher, from Kibler to Kibler/Sunrise; Monica Munger, counselor, from Kibler to Kibler/Sunrise; Sarah Hartjoy, teacher, from Westwood to Sunrise; Jill Carlson, teacher, from Southwood to Southwood/Westwood; Jack Prindle, teacher, from Westwood to Soutwood/Westwood; Sarah vanVegten, teacher, from TMMS to Westwood/TMMS.

• accepted resignations from paraeducators Bridget Hardersen and Stacy Thompson and EHS assistant girls basketball coach Jessica Squires.

• hired EHS head girls basketball coach Elizabeth Christensen Madill and EHS assistant girls swim coach Laini Goodlett.

• set its board meetings for the 2009-10 school year. Meetings will start at 7 p.m. in the district’s board room. Regular meetings are scheduled for Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21, Jan. 19, Feb. 22, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16. Workshops will be Sept. 8, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1, May 3 and June 7. The board’s annual retreat is set for April 16.

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