District Hosts Two Forums for Future High School Learning Space

Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 12/6/2018 12:00:00 PM

Community members can read all about possible high school options on the district website. The district will continue to seek input in the coming weeks. To provide feedback, please email Communications Director Andrew Kilstrom at kilstroa@wlwv.k12.or.us. An online survey will be available for additional input starting next week.

Community members discuss future high school possibilities on Dec. 4.

The West Linn-Wilsonville community began the public input process for future high school possibilities during two community forums this past week. Parents, community members, Long Range Planning Committee members, Board members, and staff convened on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 to contemplate possibilities for addressing projected high school enrollment growth in a future capital bond.

Community Forums followed the Nov. 28 Long Range Planning Committee meeting where members discussed potential options. The School Board adopted a fourth goal this summer to address facility needs through long-range capital improvements and financial planning that lead to long-term financial stability and sustainability.

With 10-year enrollment projections showing both West Linn and Wilsonville high schools more than 300 students over capacity, and the lease of Arts and Technology High School’s building expiring in 2022, the Board has suggested that the time is now to think about future high school learning spaces.

One option discussed during the two forums involved the expansion of the district’s two large high schools to accommodate more students while finding a new location for Arts and Technology High School. This option could potentially require additions to “core” facilities at either high school, including additional gymnasium space, commons areas, bathrooms, and parking.

Another option would be to expand Arts and Technology High School to approximately 500 students. This could be achieved by one of three methods: leasing or purchasing an existing building in the community, purchasing property to build a new facility, or using an existing West Linn-Wilsonville property or school building.

A third discussed option would have Arts and Technology High School take over Athey Creek Middle School. A new Athey Creek Middle School would then be built on the district’s 21-acre Dollar Street property in West Linn, moving closer to the majority of ACMS families while increasing capacity to accommodate future middle school enrollment growth. Arts and Technology would serve approximately 500 high school students, implementing CTE programming and course options outlined in the district’s recent High School Study. This option would make the new Arts and Technology High School centrally located, providing access for students on both sides of the district, while leaving flexibility to grow the school depending on enrollment needs far in the future.

Community members can read all about possible high school options on the district website. The district will continue to seek input in the coming weeks. To provide feedback, please email Communications Director Andrew Kilstrom at kilstroa@wlwv.k12.or.us. An online survey will be available for additional input starting next week.

The district will continue to gather community input as the Long Range Planning Committee and School Board continue discussions about capital projects for a potential capital bond. For more information about potential high school possibilities please visit the district website.