A $10 million bond proposal is on the PPS 9/27/16 Board agenda. Its proposed expenditures and purposes need clarification and amendments. First, there cost of architectural worked related to Kellogg is missing and should be included. And second, the purposes of the $10 million bond measure should be amended to include “projects needed for enrollment balancing and the expansion of dual language immersion programs.”
(1) Missing architect costs for Kellogg
Here is the recital from the Board resolution. It includes Kellogg but nothing for enrollment balancing and dual language expansion projects.
Here is the description of the architect and engineering work for Kellogg:
Here is the listing of the costs. Note Kellogg missing.
(2) Expand purposes of bond to include “projects needed for enrollment balancing and the expansion of dual language immersion programs.”
From the above information, note two points: (1) the bond is for $10 million, yet only about $4 million is initially proposed. An additional $6 million will be available for other projects. (2) The Board can approve additional projects. I am fine with that, but the potential projects the Board could approve should include “projects needed for enrollment balancing and the expansion of dual language immersion programs.”
I have suggested that the Vietnamese immersion program be relocated to Lee. That would require portables or a building addition (here). These bond fund should be available for that project (with Board approval).
The many well be other similar building situation similar to Lee – building with not quite enough classrooms for four strands (two non-immersion, two immersion) as enrollment balancing continues to the southeast and as immersion program expand around the district.
Plus, Smith in SW needs to be reopened and may need work. These bond funds, with Board approval, should be available.
From “District-wide Enrollment Balancing Recommendations, Carole Smith, Superintendent, March 29, 2016” (here):
As for a current assessment of demand for Spanish immersion on the westside, preliminary lottery data for 2016-17 show Ainsworth accepting 24 kindergarten applicants and turning 77 away (24 “Waitlisted”, 53 “Denied – No Space). There is strong demand for a second westside Spanish immersion program.