Bond Projects Identified and Described
On November 22, the Centralia School District Board of Directors unanimously approved the placement of a $74 million bond measure on the February 14, 2017 ballot. This bond measure, if approved by voters, will make the following projects possible:
Modernization of Centralia High School as a like-new facility on the existing site:
CHS was built in 1968, occupied in 1969, and graduated its first class in 1970. At 48 years old, the buildnig has never been significantly remodeled, improved, or upgraded to keep pace with changes in technology in the past five decades. If approved, the bond will allow us to fully modernize this facility into a modern 21st century learning environment.
Due to an increase in student population as well as the number and types of programs offered, the school has outgrown its original footprint and 13 portable classrooms are in use today. These classrooms are unsecured, and require students to pass outside the buildng during passing times between classes.
Security is a top concern at CHS. With many ingress and egress points it is difficult to fully secure the building during normal operations, let alone during lockdown or lockout events.
Inadequate power supply to the buildng combined with a lack of sufficient electrical outlets inside prevent the district from fully realizing plans to dramatically improve access to technologies necessary for successful 21st centiry education.
The buidling was designed with a modular wall concept that, theoretically, could allow for easier recofigureation of classrooms. In reality, the modular walls are poorly insulated and allow noise to pass through easily, they are not stable, and in several areas are beginning to show signs of collapse.
There is no gathering space in the building that is appropriately sized to accomodate the entire student body and staff for all-school assemblies. The Classitorium holds less than 300 people, the gymnasium allows for bleacher seating of less than 1,000, and one section of bleachers at the end of the room is no longer servicable or safe for use.
Replacement of Jefferson Lincoln Elementary:
Jefferson Lincoln as it currently exists was built in 1957 with an expansive addition in 1977. The building currently houses a student population that is 132 percent of the buildings designed capacity, necessitating the use of 7 portable classrooms. The bond measure calls for a complete replacement of this building as it is not financially responsible to remodel it, or to continue making frequent and significant repairs.
In the 1957 portion of the building, six classrooms open direclty onto the budiling's only multipurpose room, where PE, music classes, school assemblies, and lunches are held. This causes constant problems with noise incursion into classrooms. Electrical systems are not up to code, and staff operate lights by using breaker style switches - a construction method no longer permitted in our state. Plumbing leaks have been a constant challenge. With most of the original plumbing entoumbed in the concrete pad of the buidling, finding and replacing leaky pipes has been difficult. To compensate, much of the plumbing has been rerouted through plastic piping that runs over the heads of students in classrooms.
Another constant problem at Jefferson Lincoln is an old and leaking roof that is well past due for complete replacement.
One set of multi-stall restrooms serves the entire student population. Students in portable classrooms must walk a long distance outdoors to reach these facilities.
The bond calls for this school to be replaced with a K-6 elementary school on the same site. The new building would be constructed while the current facility is still occupied. The original school would then be demolished to make way for improved parking and parent/bus pick up and drop off areas.
Jefferson Lincoln does not meet current seismic, fire, or electrical codes. There is no fire sprinkler system in the building.
Replacement of Fords Prairie Elementary:
Fords Prairie was built in 1947 with addtions in 1978 and 1984. The facility is currently at 125 percent of its designed capacity, and nine portable classrooms are in use to accomodate the overflow population.
Like all of our elementary schools, Fords Prairie suffers from the lack of a sufficient gymnasium that is adequate for PE classes and school/community functions. The multipurpose room is loud, too small, and lunch room equipment must be stored inside which takes up valuable space from PE classes.
The roof requires a complete replacement, as does the agning HVAC system.
Traffic noise is a challenge in classrooms due to the close proximity to busy Harrison Ave. and Reynolds Road. Old and inefficient windows add tho this problem.
The very long layout of the school creates traffic flow and noise problems in classrooms and hallways, and classrooms are too small and improperly designed for modern educational practices. Addition of technology is a challenge due to a lack of adequate electrical outlets.
Fords Prairie does not meet current seismic, fire, or electrical codes. There is no fire sprinkler system in the building.