May 28, 2001
Riverview bond election certified
by Lisa Allen
Valley View Editor
CARNATION‹With the certification last week of the Riverview bond issue - Proposition 1 - the district is moving ahead with the planning of the long-awaited athletic fields at Cedarcrest High School.
"We are just beginning the planning process for the fields," said Acting Superintendent Michael Green. "Our goal is to get the work done as cost-effectively as possible."
Green said the district will start selling bonds on June 11. The 20-year $5.7 million bond measure will generate $3.295 million for the sports facilities, $2.2 million to re-roof Tolt Middle School, Cedarcrest High School and Stillwater Elementary and $225,000 to finish the Cedarcrest Performing Arts Center. The amount slated for the athletic fields will pay for clearing and grading of the 9.6- acre site, construction of a PE, football/soccer field, a track and field facility, bleachers and a 1,200 square-foot concession/restroom building.
Cedarcrest opened its doors in September 1993. Since then, athletes have had to make do with the overused Tolt Middle School fields or travel to other school districts.
Five previous attempts to pass athletic fields bond issues have gone down to defeat at the polls. In November, a similar try lost by 20 votes. The May 15 proposition, which needed 60 percent of favorable votes to pass, garnered slightly over 65 percent.
Passage of the bond came as a relief to members of the Riverview Schools Committee and hundreds of residents who have worked for years to get sports fields built at Cedarcrest.
"The moment we have all been holding our breath for is unofficially but indisputably here," said Riverview Schools Committee Chair Helen Mellor in an e-mail last week to supporters. "You may now exhale and release your white knuckes. Our 'refuse to lose' campaign approach and well-placed faith in the community led our path to victory."
Green said no plans have been made yet on how the facilities will be laid out.
"We aren't sure yet exactly where the fields will be placed on the property," he said. "But the surveyors will be out soon so we will find out what will work best."
Green said the district anticipates the facilities to be in use by fall of 2002.
But he won't be here to see the finished product, unless he wants to drive across the state. Green, who has been assistant superintendent for Riverview for three years, most recently acting superintendent, is leaving the district this summer to become head of Nine Mile Falls School District near Spokane.
He says he will be departing on a positive note though, with the passage of the bond.
"I'm happy about that," he said. "I'm trying to get the bond sale done before I leave, to make the transition as smooth as possible."
The new superintendent, Conrad Robertson from Lewistown, Mont., will take over July 1.