Northwest NEWS

October 14, 2002

School

NSD considers purchase of new administration building

At its Oct. 8 meeting, the Northshore School Board considered a recommendation to purchase a building in Bothell to house its administrative offices.
   The 49,000 square foot building, built in 1996 and located at 3330 Monte Villa Parkway, will cost the district $6.4 million.The building will be paid for out of the $12.5 million approved by voters in the February, 2002 Capital Bond election.
   Funds remaining after the purchase of the building, the completion of necessary modifications and costs associated with the move will be redirected to capital improvements for school facilities. By law, money approved by voters for capital needs must be spent as promised. These dollars cannot be moved into the General Fund and used for school district operation.
   Northshore's administrative functions are currently housed in the Ricketts Building, a facility that was built in 1948 as an elementary school. Concerns about this building include outdated mechanical/electrical systems, energy inefficiency, life and safety issues, poor ventilation, inadequate power and technology capacity, and poor indoor air quality.
   Before conducting a feasibility study on the Monte Villa Parkway property, the district calculated the cost of modernizing Ricketts and/or buying a piece of land and building a new building. Purchasing the proposed building makes the most sense based on the cost, the spatial capacity of the building, and the relatively short move-in timeline.