Aging schools create challenges for students, staff
With an average age of 35 years old – the oldest school being 65 years old – many of our schools need facilities improvements to continue to meet the needs of our students and staff. Overcrowding means teachers travel with carts between classrooms; lunches start early and end late; some schools can't have all-school assemblies that help to build a positive school culture.
Maintenance can no longer get parts for one of our boilers. One electrical panel is 65 years old. Maintenance staff fix leaks on the middle school roof multiple times per week during wet weather. When the power goes out, the antiquated communications systems at two schools don’t always come back on.
Safety is a concern. Multiple buildings and multiple points of entry make it difficult to secure our oldest schools. Visitors have difficulty finding the main office at the middle school. Fire control panels at two schools need to be replaced. Steep slopes and crumbling pathways make accessibility an issue.
After talking with staff and touring schools, the Citizens’ Facilities Advisory Committee recommended long-term solutions focused on future capacity and growth and short-term solutions focused on maintenance & preservation and safety & security.
In accordance with RCW49.60, the Lakewood School District does not discriminate in employment and schools. The Lakewood School District provides Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, handicap/disability, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, religion, age, veteran or military status, use of a trained dog to guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and designated youth groups. The district complies with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations to include, but not limited to, Title IX, Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, RCW 49.60 “The Law Against Discrimination,” and RCW 28A.640 “Sex Equity,” and covers, but is not limited to, all district programs, courses, activities, including extracurricular activities, services, access to facilities, etc. Inquiries regarding compliance procedures should be directed to Lakewood School District, 17110 16th Drive NE, Marysville, WA 98271, Attention: Title IX and Civil Rights Officer, Timothy Haines, 360-652-4500, email@example.com or ADA Compliance Officer and Section 504 Compliance Officer, Lissan Wipfli, 360-652-4500, firstname.lastname@example.org.