Riverview School District opens new Carnation campus

  • Written by Lisa Allen
During the RLC open house, Riverview Superintendent Conrad Robertson demonstrates what is called a “teaching wall” with sliding panels and storage. Lisa Allen/Staff Photo
CARNATION–On a beautiful, summer evening, the Riverview School District celebrated the completion of its first new learning facility since Cedarcrest High School opened 18 years ago.

Located directly east of the Riverview District offices in Carnation, the new Riverview Learning Center (RLC) provides a teaching and learning environment for the district’s alternative learning experience programs.

"This is a beautiful state-of-the-art facility," Superintendent Conrad Robertson told the audience at the Aug. 29 open house. "When we first started planning it, there were so many needs in the district, but we had to wait for the right time. Timing is everything in passing a bond issue. Our timing was impeccable – we timed it so there would be no increase in the tax rate after all the old bonds were paid off. It was a lot of work, but it passed with 68 percent the first time out."

Robertson said that in planning the new building the district wanted energy efficiency and that it would be attractive, functional and built to last.

"Students (in the PARADE and CLIP programs) will have a wonderful opportunity; it will meet their needs and we hope they will take advantage of it," he said. "It is so much better than the old portables."

The principal of the new school, Dr. Anthony Smith, told the audience he had never before worked in a place (school district) where teachers never let go of their kids.

"This district has a 1.2 percent drop-out rate," he said. "Our test scores are high – this is a reflection of the community wanting to help students regardless of their learning style. We have 83 percent placement of seniors into four-year colleges."

The Riverview Learning Center consists of approximately 14,000 sq. ft. of classrooms, science labs, computer labs, kitchen, parent library, conference rooms, multi-purpose room, offices and restrooms. An estimated 200 students will be attending the three alternative programs: PARADE, CLIP and CHOICE.

Visitors head inside the new Riverview Learning Center for the open house. Lisa Allen/Staff photo.
PARADE Program Manager Paul Censullo oversees the K-12 program which was created to support families who want to home-educate their children in collaboration with the school district. The 10-12th grade CLIP Program is to provide an educational opportunity for students who are seeking an alternative way to earn a high school diploma.

The CHOICE Program provides 9th and 10th grade students with an educational alternative that is focused on real-life, hands-on, career-based learning within a small classroom setting.

The Riverview Learning Center is one of nine construction and remodeling projects for all of the Riverview schools, funded by the passage of the $56,600,000 February 2007 bond issue.

Currently, the projects that are finishing include the final phase of the Cherry Valley Elementary addition and remodel; the final portion of the Carnation Elementary School remodel; the Cedarcrest High School fields/parking/stadium project; and the paving and parking project at Tolt Middle School and Transportation/Maintenance.

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