The Ferndale School District is asking people to take a survey about what the district can do with its aging buildings during the current economic climate.
The survey is available until Oct. 14. To take the survey, click here.
The district has been working with community and staff members as part of the Facility Advisory Committee to figure out what to do with its buildings that are facing maintenance issues. During tight budget times, cuts are frequently made to maintenance and other areas not directly related to student learning in classrooms. Part of the North Bellingham Elementary campus is still condemned – Clearview and Windward high schools operate out of the other parts of the campus – and other district schools face structural issues. These issues require a bond measure to pay for them, due to the cost, but bond measures to fix North Bellingham and Custer Elementary schools have been voted down.
Last spring, the facilities committee recommended to the school board that the best way to work with the current district buildings is to move sixth graders to the middle school level (Horizon and Vista middle schools have space for the students) and then close an elementary school for the 2012-13 school year. The theory is that closing a school will reduce operating costs for the district; the ultimate goal is to pass a bond measure so that the district can fix buildings that need repair.
Community members are invited to a public forum tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss the proposals. There will be another forum in October.