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Superintendent Message: Sunset Primary School Bond Update:
We have received a number of questions related to the Sunset Primary School Bond Project so I wanted to take the opportunity to provide an update and information.
On April 14, 2016, after several meetings, The City of West Linn Planning Commission approved the Sunset Primary School Conditional Use Permit. The document issuing the final decision and findings of the Planning Commission can be found on our website at: http://www.bond.wlwv.k12.or.us/
On April 28th several Sunset residents under the name of "Save Our Sunset Park" appealed this decision to The West Linn City Council who have scheduled a public hearing on May 23 & 24, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.
The appellant has shared concerns that the construction of the new school will ruin Sunset Park, cause serious harm to trees, create flooding and activate landslides in the area between the school and I-205.
The facts and findings actually indicate that with construction of a new school in the Sunset neighborhood adjacent to Sunset Park, the entire area will be revitalized, enhanced, and increase safety for both public education and for recreational opportunities and enjoyment. Renderings of the future site can be found on our website at: http://www.bond.wlwv.k12.or.us/cms/lib8/OR01001812/Centricity/Domain/1994/Renderings%20March%2029%202016.pdf
The City Parks Department has already begun planning to enhance the recreation amenities in Sunset Park in cooperation with residents and the neighboring Sunset School. The new school will have a new improved and expanded playground and equipment that will be available to students each day and public use during non-school hours.
The site will also have a new large sports field for school play and community athletics for youth softball, baseball, soccer, etc. Finally, the site will have a new parking lot for 88 vehicles that will be available for school and community/park activity.
District engineers and geologists, in agreement with City Engineers, agree and assure the storm water management facility will generate less run-off, no flooding from the development, and downhill soils will actually be more stable. Further, a team of arborists conclude that trees will not be impacted and will be preserved into the future.
Overall, the development and construction of the New Sunset School in relation to a revitalized Sunset Park will greatly enhance the safety and livability of the Sunset area.
For more detailed information we have prepared a Q&A document that can be found at: http://www.bond.wlwv.k12.or.us/cms/lib8/OR01001812/Centricity/Domain/1963/Sunset%20QA%205-12-16.pdf or please visit the Sunset Project website at: http://www.bond.wlwv.k12.or.us/
Progress continues on our construction bond projects with work lining up to begin this summer on Meridian Creek Middle School, the 700 Building renovation at West Linn High School, and the addition of Music and Drama program space at Wilsonville High School. Planning continues to progress for the Sunset Primary School project as well. We anticipate a groundbreaking ceremony for Meridian Creek sometime in May or June!
Bond Projects Move Forward!
I would also like to pass on Director of Operations Tim Woodley's appreciation for the amazing professional efforts that resulted in the City of Wilsonville Development Review Board's unanimous approval of the Conditional Use (Stage II) permit to build the new middle school in Wilsonville Monday night. Tim shares his pride and awe of work that has gone into this project by city staff, neighbors, our school community, our Board, our Long Range Planning Committee, district staff and our talented and integreous design professionals. These are historic moments for our cities, our schools, and our communities. I want to share my thanks and appreciation for all and recognize Tim for his steady and mission-driven leadership in this work. Remember to visit the site on our WLWV School District homepage if you would like to participate in the naming of our new middle school.
Construction on a new softball locker room/concession stand combination at Rosemont Ridge Middle School is well underway. The project is paid for with money from West Linn-Wilsonville School District's 2014 Capital Bond. Building started a few weeks after the start of school in late September and the project will be completed sometime in the spring, hopefully in time for the start of the softball season.
A little over a year ago, our community generously renewed its commitment to quality schools by renewing a local option levy, which supports the hiring of classroom teachers and support staff across the district, and supporting a capital construction bond. The bond will support the building of a new middle school in Wilsonville, the rebuilding of Sunset Primary School in West Linn, the improvement and addition of classroom space at each of our high schools, and safety, security, and technology upgrades at each of our school sites. Projects are well underway in various stages of design, development, permitting, or construction and we have deeply appreciated the participation and feedback of our staff, our citizens, our cities and our community partners as we move these processes forward.
2:50 PM - 3:45 PM Sunset School Staff Meeting
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM Bond Team Internal Meeting
6:00 PM School Board Meeting