It’s victory on all fronts for the three school districts in The Suburban Times coverage area. Clover Park, University Place and Steilacoom school districts all tallied victories for various measures placed before voters on Feb. 7. Now let the construction begin.
In Steilacoom, renewal of the maintenance and operation levy will enable the district to maintain existing schools, and those which are currently or soon will be constructed.
Voters in 2005 approved a $55.9 million construction bond, which launched four construction projects: completion of Chloe Clark Elementary School in DuPont, construction of a new middle school for the district, renovation and remodeling of Steilacoom High school, and the addition of a new multi-purpose room to Anderson Island Elementary School.
“The continued, sustaining support of the Steilacoom Historical School District’s citizens once again affirms their belief in the cherishing of children and the prizing of education,” said Arthur Himmler, Steilacoom Historical School District superintendent.
A town-hall-type meeting to report about the middle school is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Chloe Clark Elementary School in DuPont/Northwest Landing.
For additional updates please view the district’s website at www.steilacoom.k12.wa.us
“We are ecstatic,” said Clover Park School District Superintendent Doris McEwen. “And excited! The trust that the community has placed with the school district is truly appreciated and we will keep our community informed during each phase of our construction projects.
“Our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club will continue to flourish for the benefit of the whole community. On behalf of all Clover Park School District students, I want to thank the Citizens Committee for Schools and all of those who supported the bond campaign and helped us to provide information to our friends, families, neighbors and colleagues.”
Gary Yazwa, President/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, approached the Clover Park School District with a collaborative plan to build a new HOPE community center, anchored by a Boys & Girls Club adjacent to Lakeview Elementary allowing for some common use of facilities during each others down times. It was an innovative idea that led to an overall integrated campus plan calling for a new Lakeview Elementary to be built in concert with the new Gary Milgard Family HOPE Center. Schools and clubs work together all the time on a partnership basis with programs, but this is a first for a construction project. When completed, the center will be a hub of activity for youth and families. Shared facilities, costs, resources and talents will create a model in Lakewood that will be replicated in communities across the region.
In University Place, the school district will maintain smaller class sizes, update its computer systems and build two new schools – Curtis Junior High School and University Place Elementary School. The gym and the pool at Curtis High School will be updated along with several other necessary projects completed.