Northwest NEWS

November 12, 2001

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Levy-funded school improvements progressing

by Helen Mellor
   Special to the Valley View
   Thanks to the community support in passing the Technology Levy and Riverview Proposition 1 (P.E. and Athletic Fields, roof replacements and Performing Arts Center completion), the Riverview School District is pleased to provide this update outlining the progress achieved to date. This report contains background information which may not be commonly known.
   The Technology Levy incrementally disperses funds of varying amounts over a two-year period which commenced a year following the passage, instead of a one-time payment of the entire amount ($1,060,000). This is due to the tax structure and method of collection through King County. Comprised of district staff and community representatives, the steering committee formulated an implementation schedule according to availability of funds.
   New computer labs at Cherry Valley Elementary, Stillwater Elementary, Carnation Elementary, Tolt Middle School and Eagle Rock Multi-age were installed this past summer, with Cedarcrest High School's to be completed by late October or early November.
   All lab computers are equipped with software consisting of MS Office XP, Publisher 2002 and educational programs appropriate to the grade levels in each school.
   The lab's project was on budget and on time. Planned by the district Tech Trainer Team, an all-staff day in-service was dedicated on August 30, to provide staff with on overview of the labs; a tech survey of abilities, attitudes and needs for utilizing technology as a classroom tool; a discussion of this year's training opportunities; an introduction to the latest Riverview Technology Curriculum; and instruction on how to use the new labs.
   The first trimester class offerings and schedule are offered to all district staff to improve tech skills in the computer labs, the classroom and the office. The first seven classes are held at the various computer labs and last from four to eight hours each. During school year 2001-2002 every teacher will be supplied a teacher station with a new computer in the classroom.
   The Performing Arts Center's new storage units are already in use, providing the much-needed space availability for the stage.
   Specifications for draperies, rigging, sound, lighting and electrical wiring are defined to be bid out soon.
   The grand "re-opening" is anticipated for late winter or early spring.
   As quoted most befittingly by our beloved Cedarcrest drama teacher, Karen King, "The auditorium will finally be a safe and well-functioning facility upon completion."
   The Stillwater Elementary roof project is scheduled to begin when school recesses for the summer, due to student safety-related issues.
   Since re-roofing of the entire school necessitates the presence of various types of equipment, vehicles, and materials on site, it was considered more prudent to wait until spring to preclude the possibility of safety-related accidents involving younger children.
   NOTE: An unexpected six-week roofers strike during the summer delayed re-roofing work at Cedarcrest and Stillwater. Although the work was intended to begin simultaneously at both locations in the summer, it was deemed most practical, due to the strike delay, to engage both roofing crews to concentrate on the high school roof where safety risks to students would be minimized.
   Re-roofing over the music room, gym, area classrooms and auditorium at Cedarcrest is now complete, with a punch list to follow and be satisfied shortly.
   The project began in August and ended in mid-October.
   Tolt Middle School looks forward to higher-pitched re-roofing of buildings A, E, and G, re-roofing and structural repairs and upgrades of building L, and structural and seismic upgrades of buildings E and G. The design phase is in progress, along with meetings with fire marshals and the city authority for re-bidding in spring and construction scheduled for summer.
   In anticipation of the opening of the new athletic facilities at Cedarcrest next fall, different start-up options are being explored for outdoor athletic programs to be considered for Tolt in the near future.
   Cedarcrest P.E. and Athletic Field with Track's design phase compiling extensive lists of specifications (i.e. types of all-weather football/soccer field, running track, electrical and lighting system, etc.) is expected to conclude soon and an application for a master site use permit will be submitted to the city of Duvall around the end of October.
   The design committee consisting of coaching staff, P.E. staff, community, school board and district maintenance representatives has been meeting bi-weekly to carefully study all options presented for each category. The committee focuses on thoroughly weighing the pros and cons of each option to ensure financial viability of the scope of the project as well as longevity of the facilities.
   While operating with a finite amount of funds somewhat limits options, the quality of the facilities will not be compromised and the community can expect facilities comparable to those of most high schools in the Kingco League.
   Upon identification of all required specifications, an application for a construction permit will be submitted to the city of Duvall and all aspects of the project will be open to a public bidding process, with actual construction to follow in the spring.
   The community will be invited to the much anticipated grand opening in the fall of 2002.
   Several grant opportunities are currently being vigorously pursued to add an on-site baseball field at Cedarcrest.
   Please look for further updates in future editions of this paper. Once again, the Riverview School District extends its most profound appreciation for the outstanding support from the community. Together we will continue building community spirit and pride for all of us and the children of Riverview.
  
   October or early November. All lab computers are equipped with software consisting of MS Office XP, Publisher 2002, and educational programs appropriate to the grade levels in each school. The labs project was on budget and on time. Planned by the district Tech Trainer Team, an all-staff day in-service was dedicated on August 30, to provide staff with on overview of the labs; a tech survey of abilities, attitudes and needs for utilizing technology as a classroom tool; a discussion of this years training opportunities; an introduction to the latest Riverview Technology Curriculum; and instruction on how to use the new labs. The first trimester class offerings and schedule are offered to all district staff to improve tech skills in the computer labs, the classroom, and the office. The first 7 classes are held at the various computer labs and last from 4 to 8 hours each. During school year 2001-2002 every teacher will be supplied a teacher station with a new computer in the classroom.
   Performing Arts Centers new storage units are already in use, providing the much needed space availability for the stage. Specifications for draperies, rigging, sound, lighting , and electrical wiring are defined to be bid out soon. The grand re-opening is anticipated for late winter or early spring. As quoted most befittingly by our beloved Cedarcrest drama teacher, Karen King, The auditorium will finally be a safe and well-functioning facility upon completion.
   Stillwater Elementary Roof project is scheduled to begin when school recesses for the summer, due to student safety related issues. Since re-roofing the entire school necessitates the presence of various types of equipment, vehicles, and materials on site, it was considered more prudent to wait until spring to preclude the possibility of safety related accidents involving younger children.
   NOTE: An unexpected 6 week roofers strike during the summer delayed re-roofing work at Cedarcrest and Stillwater. Although the work was originally slated to begin simultaneously at both locations when summer break began, it was deemed most practical to engage both roofing crews to concentrate on the high school roof where safety risks to students would be minimized.
  
   Re-roofing over music room, gym, area classrooms, and auditorium at Cedarcrest is now complete, with a punch list to follow and be satisfied shortly. The project began in August and ended in mid-October.
   Tolt Middle School looks forward to higher-pitched re-roofing of buildings A,E, & G, re-roofing and structural repairs and upgrades of building L, and structural and seismic upgrades of buildings E & G. The design phase is in progress, along with meetings with fire marshals and the city authority for re-bidding in spring and construction scheduled for summer. In anticipation of the opening of the new athletic facilities at Cedarcrest next fall, we are presently exploring different start up options for outdoor athletic programs, namely soccer & football, to be established at Tolt in the near future.
   Cedarcrest P.E. & Athletic Field with Tracks design phase compiling extensive lists of specifications (i.e. types of all-weather football/soccer field, running track, electrical & lighting system, etc.) is expected to conclude soon and an application for a master site use permit will be submitted to the city of Duvall around the end of October. The design committee consisting of coaching staff, P.E. staff, community, school board, and district maintenance representatives has been meeting bi-weekly to carefully study all options presented for each category. The committee focuses on thoroughly weighing the pros and cons of each option to ensure financial viability of the scope of the project as well as longevity of the facilities. While operating with a finite amount of funds somewhat limits options, the quality of the facilities will not be compromised and the community can expect facilities comparable to those of most high schools in the Kingco League. Upon identification of all required specifications, an application for construction permit will be submitted to the city of Duvall and all aspects of the project will be open to a public bidding process, with actual construction to follow in spring. The community will be invited to the much anticipated grand opening in October 2002. Several grant opportunities are currently being vigorously pursued to add an on-site baseball field at Cedarcrest. Please look for further updates in future editions of this paper. Once again, the Riverview School District extends its most profound appreciation for the outstanding support from the community. Together we will continue building community spirit and pride for all of us and the children of Riverview.
  
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