The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board officially approved Part One of the Long Range Plan during their January 28 Work Session. The District will hold a Bond Summit in February to discuss proposed capital projects as outlined in the Capital Improvement Program. The Bond Summit will help to inform the School Board as it contemplates a possible Capital Bond. Below are proposed projects as described by the Long Range Planning Committee.
Safe and Welcoming Schools
The first project the LRPC discussed focuses on safety and security upgrades across the district. Following direction from the School Board Safety Advisory Committees, as well as input from the District Safety Leadership Team, the proposed project would include school building renovations for secure school entrances; classroom lockdown hardware; shelter-in-place curtains; and intrusion-limiting glass. Those improvements would be made for all 16 WLWV schools.
The classroom lockdown hardware would be implemented on every classroom door, giving teachers and staff the ability to lock and unlock doors with the touch of a button. Curtains, meanwhile, would similarly be implemented in all instructional spaces for easy access in the event of lockdowns and other emergency situations. Glass windows and doors would also be replaced in strategic locations at all schools, reinforcing entryways to considerably slow down potential intruders.
The district recently completed a large number of safety and security projects using money from the 2014 capital bond. Among those projects were renovated safe and secure school entrances at Bolton Primary, Boeckman Creek Primary, and West Linn High School this past summer. Both Sunset Primary and Meridian Creek Middle School received safe and secure entryways when they were completed prior to the 2017-18 school year.
The conceptual estimate for the entire Safe and Welcoming Schools project is $4.5 million.
Expanding Opportunities and Addressing Capacity at Secondary Level
Currently, the district has three high schools — West Linn High School, Wilsonville High School, and Arts and Technology High School, a smaller option high school that typically has enrollment around 100 students. Enrollment projections show that West Linn High School could eclipse 2,000 students while Wilsonville High School will approach 1,700 students by 2028. Concurrently, the lease for Arts and Technology High School expires in 2022 and a new location will be needed.
To accommodate enrollment projections at the high school level, and to expand learning opportunities for students, the proposed project would renovate the current Athey Creek Middle School building to accommodate an expanded and redesigned third high school (ATHS). All three district high schools, including the expanded Arts and Technology High School, would include Career Technical Education and course expansion opportunities.
An 850-student Athey Creek Middle School would be rebuilt on the district’s Dollar Street property, bringing it into West Linn so that students can walk and bike to school. The 21-acre Dollar Street site would allow for a track, turf field and lights, parking and street frontage improvements, and appropriate site circulation for the new Athey Creek Middle School.
The conceptual estimate for the project is $88 million.
Increasing Access to the Arts: Wilsonville High School Auditorium Addition
This project would construct a new 600-seat performing arts theater at Wilsonville High School similar to the performing arts center at West Linn High School. The theater would be adjacent to the performing arts entrance that was constructed under the 2014 capital bond. The project would convert the existing auditorium, stage, and arena theater into instructional space, increasing total building capacity and providing additional Career and Technical Education opportunities for students. Additional parking would be added where the existing soccer field adjacent the gyms is located.
The conceptual estimate for this project is $25 million.
West Linn High School Parking and Stadium Improvements
Additional parking and stadium seating have been on the Long Range Planning Committee’s radar for some time. This project would increase stadium seating by more than 1,000 spectators, improving accessibility and safety of the site.
In order to accommodate the additional stadium capacity as well as students and staff, this project would include an expansion of the existing south parking lot. The lot will be furnished with appropriate storm-water management, pedestrian paths, landscape, and site lighting. The new lot would accommodate 120 additional vehicles.
The conceptual estimate for this project is $8.3 million.
Addressing Growth at the Primary Level
New housing developments in Wilsonville are impacting enrollment projections, indicating the need for a new primary school in the near future. The construction of a new primary school would allow for growth and limit the potential of overcrowding of other primary schools in the area.
The project would include a new starter primary school with an initial capacity of 350 students, with room for a future buildout to approximately 550 students. The school would be located on the district’s 10-acre property in Frog Pond where the CREST Farm was previously located.
The conceptual estimate for this project is $39 million.
Learning with Technology
Technology is a vital component of virtually every aspect of the School District. Both safety and security, as well as teaching and learning, are enhanced by technology and efficient building operations require a reliable technological infrastructure. Money for technology would go to projects such as re-wiring existing schools, WiFi upgrades, phone system updates, an updated printer fleet, end-user device rollouts, and video monitoring upgrades among other projects.
The conceptual estimate for learning with technology projects is $18 million.
The district has a strong history of protecting the community’s investment in facilities. District-wide improvements include a wide range of projects that address critical issues such as accessibility upgrades, equitable access, Title IV compliance, renovations for Career Technical Education (CTE) learning environments, and safety improvements.
Proposed district-wide projects include air-conditioning at Cedaroak Park, Stafford, Bolton, and Willamette primaries; instructional greenhouses at each middle school; synthetic turf, lighting; and practice facilities at Wilsonville High School’s softball field; improved CTE spaces, equipment, and fixtures at all WLWV high schools; accessible playgrounds; select fire sprinkler system replacements; and many more projects.
The conceptual estimate for this project is $24 million.