Currently, there isn’t enough space on the property to expand or rebuild an adequately sized school. The Board of Education and District Administration are reviewing this building for future expansion and renovation or for replacement. The District has made a commitment to keep neighborhood elementary schools, including Loveland.
The District will address high priority needs first and will produce significant renovations at those facilities that require it. However, all elementary buildings and Westside Middle School are slated for renovations of some kind during this phase of the Facilities Master Plan.
All the elementary schools and Westside Middle School will receive funding to address physical and functional needs. The bond funds will also be used to replace Oakdale and Swanson Elementary with new facilities at their current sites, to build a new 2-section Sunset Hills adjacent to its current site, and to renovate Prairie Lane and Westside Middle School.
The District Administration and Board of Education has spent a great deal of time listening to community members regarding the proposed bond issue. The amount is based on the cost of addressing the immediate physical needs of the buildings and implementing a sequencing plan whereby all of the elementary school buildings and the middle school are either completely renovated or replaced. The $79.9 million represents the reasonable scope of work that can be efficiently and effectively implemented in the next 5-7 years.
A Facilities Task Force, consisting of parents, community members, business leaders, teachers, administrators, and a retired employee, met throughout the first semester to review the facilities needs and to discuss the bond amount. The group also toured new and renovated schools in other school districts, and toured several Westside schools. The Facilities Task Force members provided their input about the physical and functional needs for the 15-year Facilities Master Plan. After numerous community meetings and discussions with stakeholders, the Westside Administration then worked with the Westside Board of Education to determine a final bond amount and renovation sequence