Elementary Schools Construction
Voter Approved Construction Projects
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- October-December, 2020
- July-September, 2020
- April-June, 2020
- January-March, 2020
- October-December, 2019
- July-September, 2019
- April-June, 2019
- Mt. Stuart Elementary new-in-lieu school structural steel erection is complete
- Pan decking, the first step of roof installation, is installed throughout the majority of Mt. Stuart
- Roofing decking is being welded at the Mt. Stuart Elementary
- Mt. Stuart gym roof insulation is being installed
- The new elementary school stem walls are complete
- Floor slabs are prepped for concrete pours during the first portion of the month of November at the new elementary
- Structural steel has begun at the new elementary, starting with the gym area
- Naming Committee meetings underway for the naming of the new elementary school
- Light gauge framing of walls is being installed at Mt. Stuart
- Floor slabs have been completed at Mt. Stuart Elementary
- Fire suppression installation is underway at Mt. Stuart
- Underground plumbing is complete in most areas of the new elementary school
- Masonry walls for the restroom locations at Mt. Stuart are being installed
- Mt. Stuart Elementary new-in-lieu exterior and interior walls continue to be installed
- Exterior wall insulation panels being installed as well as sheathing to the exterior of the replacement Mt. Stuart Elementary
- Roofers continue to make progress at drying in the Mt. Stuart building and installing roofing
- Structural steel continues to be erected at the new elementary
- Rebar and plastic are being installed in several areas of the new elementary in preparation for continuing concrete slab pours
- Washington State Department of Ecology Section 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC) under the federal Clean Water Act received for the new elementary school
- Foundation footings poured at Mt. Stuart Elementary
- Received Ellensburg City Council approval to revise Traffic Code for the intersection of 15th Avenue and Cora Street changing the intersection from a two-way stop to a four-way stop
- Issued Building Permit for the new elementary to be constructed at 2100 North Cora Street from the City of Ellensburg
- Building pad completed at the new site for the new elementary school to be located north of the Palouse to Cascades Trail
- Final pour of concrete for foundation footings at the replacement Mt. Stuart Elementary
- The new elementary school foundation forms are installed. The first of many concrete pours for portions of the foundation are complete.
- Cora Street has been extended through the Palouse to Cascades Trail, creating access for equipment to the northern property where the construction of the new elementary school is taking place
- Caution signs have been installed along the Palouse to Cascades trail advising individuals utilizing the trail of the new crossing of Cora Street. Stop signs are also installed on Cora Street on either side of the trail.
- The foundation stem walls for the replacement Mt. Stuart Elementary school near completion. Portions of the building are poured and ready for structural steel. Site utilities for the current phase have been completed.
- Building pads are prepped and ready for next steps of foundation placement at the replacement Mt. Stuart Elementary
- Erection of steel walls at the replacement Mt. Stuart Elementary started
- The new elementary school foundation footings are completed. The stem walls are expected to take five weeks to complete and are next in the sequence.
- Installation of utilities under the Palouse to Cascades Trail and the new Cora Street extension are under way
- The gym roof at Mt. Stuart Elementary is receiving pan decking, the first step in the roof installation process
- Structural steel erection at Mt. Stuart Elementary continues
- The slabs are being poured at the replacement Mt. Stuart Elementary. Additional concrete pours are expected each week until the slabs are completed.
- Received Board of Directors' approval for the selection of Garco Construction for the Lincoln Elementary renovation project
- Conducted archaeological study of the property to the north of the existing Mt. Stuart Elementary building where the replacement Mt. Stuart Elementary will be constructed, no cultural materials eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places were found. It was determined by Historical Research Associate that no further cultural resources work is needed for the project.
- Received Conditional Use permit from the Ellensburg City Planning Commission for the property located north of the Palouse to Cascades Trail where the new elementary school will be located
- Received final SEPA and Critical Area determinations for both building locations from the City of Ellensburg
- Received Joint Aquatic Resource Permit Application (JARPA) approval from the Department of the Army Corps of Engineers
- Received permit from the City of Ellensburg for work to occur on Cora Street from 15th Avenue north to the Palouse to Cascades Trail
- Received permit to begin construction at Mt. Stuart Elementary from the City of Ellensburg
- Began construction of the replacement Mt. Stuart Elementary
- Mt. Stuart Elementary replacement school received a new address of 1701 North Cora Street
- Geo pier installation completed in preparation for foundation pour at Mt. Stuart Elementary replacement school. Geo piers aid the mitigation of liquefacation in soil as explained here.
- Utility work at the 15th Avenue and Cora Street intersection completed
- Utility work along the west side of Cora Street begun
- First hearing held before the Ellensburg City Council concerning Traffic Code revision for the intersection of 15th Avenue and Cora Street to be changed from a two-way stop to a four-way stop
- Building Permit for Mt. Stuart Elementary received from the City of Ellensburg
- Foundation Only Permit for the New Elementary school to be located at 2100 North Cora Street received from the City of Ellensburg
- Foundation footings prepped for foundation pour at Mt. Stuart Elementary replacement school
- Board of Directors approve the Value Engineering study and accepted implementation for the Mt. Stuart Elementary and new elementary schools
- 50% completion of construction documents for Mt. Stuart Elementary and the new elementary school
- Received Project Review Committee approval to proceed with Progressive Design-Build process and selection of Design-Builder for Lincoln Elementary renovation
- Began multipart interview process for selection of Design-Builder for the Lincoln Elementary renovation
- Began setup for construction of the new Mt. Stuart Elementary to the north of the existing Mt. Stuart Elementary building
- Completed Boundary Line Adjustment application and approval process with the City of Ellensburg and Kittitas County for relocating the boundary lines of the three parcels owned by the District and affiliated with Mt. Stuart Elementary and the new elementary being constructed to the north of the Palouse to Cascades Trail
- Completed Education Specification meetings with committee for the Lincoln Elementary renovation project
- Awarded Garco Construction the contract as the Design-Builder for the Lincoln Elementary renovation project to begin the summer of 2021
- Community Open House was held to celebrate the plans for the new Mt. Stuart Elementary
- Submitted relocation of replacement Mt. Stuart Elementary proposal to the City of Ellensburg
- Board of Directors approves resolution repealing former resolution for constructing two elementary schools on the Mt. Stuart Elementary property
- The District received the final of the three D-4 Project Approval forms from OSPI School Facilities construction state funding assistance for the program, which brought the revised state funding assistance to over $16.7 million from the originally anticipated $14.5 million
- Board of Directors approved proposal to relocate the replacement Mt. Stuart Elementary to the north of the existing Mt. Stuart Elementary
- Met with the City of Ellensburg concerning the relocation plan of the replacement Mt. Stuart Elementary to north of the existing Mt. Stuart Elementary
- Resubmitted to City of Ellensburg Critical Area Review for the new elementary
- 100% Design Development documents completed for the new elementary school and Mt. Stuart Elementary
- Began Progressive Design-Build application process with Project Review Committee of the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board for the Lincoln Elementary renovation
- City of Ellensburg determines Critical Area Present But Without Impact and approves State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process for Mt. Stuart Elementary
- 50% Design Development documents completed for the new elementary school and Mt. Stuart Elementary
- Board of Directors approves the Schematic Designs for the new elementary and new Mt. Stuart Elementary school buildings
- Board of Directors approves resolution adopting the Study and Survey and submission to OSPI
- Completed archaeological resources inventory of the District owned land north of the Palouse to Cascades Trail. Submitted findings to the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.
- Board of Directors approves the resolution for constructing two new elementary schools on the Mt. Stuart Elementary property due to a recommendation by the firm conducting the Value Engineering/Value Analysis study. In the study, budget concerns arose due to unforeseen conditions on the site for the new elementary school building north of the Palouse to Cascades Trial including, development costs associated with city and state jurisdictions, unsuitable soils and required wetlands mitigation created by the wetland reclassification by the Department of Ecology.
- A public hearing was held to discuss the possibility of placing both new elementary schools on the Mt. Stuart Elementary property. Also discussed was consideration of a K-2/3-5 campus instead of two independent K-5 elementary schools on the Mt. Stuart property. The general consensus of the public representatives present was for not placing two elementary schools on the same campus, nor create a K-2/3-5 campus environment.
- Design Team hosted an Open House at Mt. Stuart to show the public what the relocation of the Mt. Stuart replacement elementary building would look like and gather feedback
- District discussed the option of relocating the replacement Mt. Stuart Elementary to the north side rather than south side of the existing Mt. Stuart Elementary to better accommodate the use of the existing bus loop off of 15th Avenue and enable drop-off/pickup traffic to be divided between buses and parents
- Withdrew Critical Area Review for the new elementary school due to the need to reevaluate the ingress and egress for the school being located north of the Palouse to Cascades Trail
- Board of Directors approves agreement between the District and Garco Construction for Mt. Stuart Elementary and the new elementary
- Critical Area Review application for Mt. Stuart Elementary and the new elementary submitted to City of Ellensburg for approval
- Department of Ecology reclassified wetland areas on Mt. Stuart Elementary and the new elementary school properties. Required setback buffers were increased from 60 feet to 90 feet, greatly increasing the area considered to be wetland.
- Critical Area Review application for Mt. Stuart Elementary and the new elementary resubmitted to City of Ellensburg for approval due to reclassification of wetlands by the Department of Ecology located on the property
- Board of Directors approves the Mt. Stuart Elementary and new elementary construction budgets
- Board of Directors approves agreement between the District and Integrus Architecture for Mt. Stuart Elementary and the new elementary, as well as through Education Specifications phase for Lincoln Elementary
- Schematic Designs completed for the new elementary school and Mt. Stuart Elementary
The District currently has 475 unhoused elementary school students located in three existing elementary school sites. Currently the three elementary schools have unhoused students and educational support facilities in 13 portable structures. Ellensburg’s current and future growth is projected in the city’s northwest area. The District acquired a 29-acre site in the proximity of anticipated growth to house a new elementary school.
The District received bond approval by 62.7% of voters for its $59.5 million capital improvement program in the November 6, 2018 general election. Originally, the District anticipated it would be eligible for $14.5 million in additional OSPI School Facilities construction state funding assistance for the program. In November 2019, the District received the final of the three D-4 Project Approval forms from OSPI, which brought the revised state funding assistance to over $16.7 million.
Due to the lack of swing space within the District, the original bond construction schedule was planned to start in January, 2019 and be completed by August of 2024. Multiple moves were anticipated as the new elementary school was planned to be built first and used as swing space for students and staff to modernize/new additions to two other elementary schools. The revised plan is to complete the new-in-lieu Mt. Stuart Elementary school first to allow for the Mt. Stuart students and staff to move into their new building. The students and staff of Lincoln Elementary will be moved into the new elementary school building once completed to allow for renovation of Lincoln Elementary.
- Build new or modern teaching and learning spaces that complement the District’s educational strategic plan, student experience, and achievement
- Supports Board and District vision to re-align District boundaries to level out elementary classroom sizes, place unhoused students into permanent facilities, and prepare for future growth
- Expand and enhance early learning opportunities (Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) and Pre-school)
- Connects and increases engagement with Ellensburg and the District
- Construct a New Elementary School
- Construct New-in-Lieu Mt. Stuart Elementary School
- Modernize and new additions Lincoln Elementary School
Ellensburg School District selected OAC Services, Inc. to provide program/project and construction management services. OAC facilitated the District’s Architect/Engineer (A/E) procurement process. The District selected Integrus Architecture to provide professional architecture/engineering services. Both firms are from Spokane and have extensive General Contractor/Construction Manager (GCCM) and Design Build (DB) experienced staff and technical experience.
The District has created Educational Specifications for all its schools and has selected Garco Construction as the GCCM for the New and Mt. Stuart elementary schools. The GCCM is under contract and providing preconstruction services since the beginning of Schematic Design. This approach allows the District and GCCM to collaborate early in the schematic design and participate/consult in predevelopment meetings with the City, State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA), and regulatory requirements/processes. District design/construction standards in Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP), security systems and similar construction materials/type of construction is part of the bid package strategy, which will drive the design infrastructure and systems to achieve standardization for sustainability/maintainability of the schools. Early involvement of the GCCM allows for joint evaluation of bidding and risk management strategies, bid packages, and the use of Mechanical Contractor/Construction Manager (MC/CM) or Electrical Contractor/Construction Manager (EC/CM) packages.
During construction of both schools, the existing Mt. Stuart Elementary School will be in operation adjacent to the new school site. Due to a lack of swing space available in the District, when the new school is completed, students from Lincoln Elementary School will be temporarily housed in the New Elementary school while Lincoln Elementary is completely modernized, and new additions are constructed.
- Honor the history of the Ellensburg community
- Honor the diversity of cultures and traditions in the region
- Connect to the outdoors and nature, capture views of the surrounding natural environment
- Use the community and university to provide learning and literacy richness
- Highlight regional industry (alternative energy, agriculture, local business)
- Include intentional outdoor spaces that foster learning and creativity
- Integrate elements of play throughout the site and building
- Design outdoor spaces to be flexible with a variety of areas for exploration and discovery
- Foster a sense of stewardship for the environment
- Provide enduring material for evolving education solutions
- Design for an abundance of natural daylight, passive solar, and view
- Create adaptable spaces to ensure future use
- Provide a variety of easy to maintain materials and textures
- The entire community should be welcomed and invited to utilized the school
- Provide flexibility for both learning and community activities
- Provide intentional Student-centered spaces
- Design adaptable spaces and infrastructure for changing educational models and community needs
- Represent the community’s values of stewardship
- Lincoln Elementary: 350* / 483**
- Mt. Stuart Elementary: 350* / 497**
- Valley View Elementary: 370* / 562**
- Approximately 472 students over capacity
*based on classroom size
**as of December, 2019
- Multiple portables need fencing around them for security purposes
- Cafeteria size is over capacity
- Food service capacity for making meals
- Specialist schedules adapted (music, library, gym, art about every other week)
- Playground size
- Lack of gym space
- All classroom space has been utilized
- Closets are being used as classroom space
- Some teachers must use carts to deliver instruction to students
- Gym classes are not meeting state requirements for weekly PE class time
- No air conditioning (Lincoln and Mt. Stuart)
- Crowded playgrounds
- More people have had to be hired for playground supervision
- Kindergarten enrollment reached a peak of 273 students during the 2017-18 school year
- Since that time, kindergarten enrollment continues to average approximately 250 students
- Total K-12 student count increased 5.66% over the last five years, and is currently at 3,225 students
- Projections for future enrollment remains stable
What has been done with the buildings thus far to help the needs of our elementary learners?
- Four portable classrooms at Valley View
- Two portable classrooms at Mt. Stuart
- Two portable classrooms at Lincoln
- Converted auxiliary space to classrooms
- Displaced intervention programs (Title, Highly Capable) for additional classrooms
- Increased seating capacity in cafeterias
- Four classroom teachers
- Additional Intervention teacher
- Part-time specialist
- Assistant Principal
- Additional Paraprofessional support
- Incorporated Counselor in Specialist rotation
- Adapted Specialist schedule
- Five classroom teachers
- Assistant Principal
- Part-time Specialist
- Additional Paraprofessional support
- Incorporated Counselor in Specialist rotation
- Adapted Specialist schedule
- Five Classroom teachers
- Assistant Principal
- Part-time Specialist
- Additional Paraprofessional support
- Math Lab Specialist
- Incorporated Counselor in Specialist rotation
- Adapted Specialist schedule
Portables do not provide secure or controlled entrances, compromising the safety of our elementary students.
One of the things often forgotten is when we add portables to a building, the common areas of a building (offices, music rooms, counseling, gym, cafeteria, bathrooms) are built for a certain internal capacity. What happens when we add portables, then, is that the internal capacity cannot best meet the needs of learners.
- Lincoln — 6
- Mt. Stuart — 8
- Valley View — 10
What renovations are needed at Lincoln and Mt. Stuart Elementary schools?
Originally, the plan for Mt. Stuart Elementary School was to renovate by adding a new gym and classrooms, increasing the capacity from 350 to approximately 500 students. Additionally, the plan was to add a secure entrance to the front of the school so visitors would not enter the school through the main hallway. The cafeteria was to be expanded to accommodate more students. A new HVAC system was to be installed improving heating efficiency, adding air conditioning and filtered air for our students. The addition of a new pitched roof was to be installed to rectify leaking issues and to make room for critical treatment and air handling systems. The drop off parking area for parents was to be separated from busing to improve student safety.
Now, with the plan of building a new Mt. Stuart Elementary building rather than renovation, all of the above mentioned issues are being addressed with a brand new building. The design of the new building incorporates capacity for approximately 500 students, a secure entrance, an enlarged gym/cafeteria area to accommodate the new student capacity, an efficient HVAC system, and a parent drop-off/pick-up zone completely separated from the buses. Parents will enter and exit on the front side of the building via Cora Street while busing will be completely located on the back side of the school and accessed via 15th Avenue.
While continuing to build on the history and heritage of Lincoln Elementary and protecting our investment in the building, the following renovations are planned. Lincoln Elementary School will add a new gym and classrooms, increasing capacity from 350 to 450 students. The cafeteria will be relocated and expanded with a bigger kitchen and eating space for students. Seismic issues will be addressed to bring the school up to code. ADA issues will be addressed, including leveling floors and installing an elevator. Parking will be expanded at the front of the school. HVAC will be installed so that students can stay in school during smoke season and to rectify temperature issues of second floor classrooms. Other critical maintenance issues will also be addressed.
What is the capacity and location of the proposed new elementary school?
The proposed new school will be built on the 29 acres north of Mt. Stuart Elementary School, which our school district purchased in 2018. Capacity at the new elementary school will be approximately 500 elementary students.
What is the Developmental Preschool? Is it required?
A Developmental Preschool is a service for students with special developmental needs. We are required to have the program and have housed the program at CWU for over 15 years. The Developmental Preschool will be located at Mt. Stuart Elementary.
How much do we pay in rent to CWU for Developmental Preschool?
Currently, the school district pays Central Washington University $13,400 per year.
What is the cost of the project?
Bonds are for building, levies are for learning!
A levy is a local tax. It supplements the general fund which pays for operational costs of the school district such as salaries, benefits, utilities, fuel costs, supplies, equipment, athletics, extracurricular activities and special programs. Levy dollars cannot be used for renovation or construction costs. A levy requires a simple majority voter approval (50% plus 1 vote) and can be approved for up to a four-year term.
Levies are raised from property tax and the levy rate is expressed in terms of dollars per thousand dollars of assessed property value. For example, a home assessed at $200,000 with a voter approved levy of $2.00 would equal $400 per year in taxes. ($200,000 / $1,000 X 2.00 = $400).
In Ellensburg for the 2018-19 school year, our local school levy makes up 12.2% (down from 17.3% last year) of our total revenue, the state contributes 78.2%, and federal 5.7%. The last 3.8% of our revenue is driven from local resources including donations, grants, fees, fines, and technology levy support.
A bond is voter approved debt that funds construction and renovation projects that levies, by law, cannot fund. You can think of a bond like a home mortgage, with long term payoff plans and low interest rates. A bond requires a 60% voter approval and can have a re-payment plan structured up to 40 years.
What is state assistance? How does it apply to this bond process?
The School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) administered by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) provides funding assistance to school districts that are undertaking a major new construction or modernization project. Projects must meet eligibility requirements. School districts are responsible to secure local funding for construction projects. If eligible, the State provides partial funding based on formulas, allowances, and costs related to certain aspects of a construction project called recognized project costs.
We will receive approximately $16,740,000 in state assistance, as opposed to our original estimate of $14.5 million. State assistance helps reduce the tax burden of the voters by supplementing the bond through state funding.
How will this impact my taxes?
With the recent McCleary decision ordering the state to fully fund K-12 public schools as required by Article IX of the Washington Constitution and capping local levies at $1.50 per thousand of assessed value, and the high school bond being paid off in 2021, this bond will result in NO INCREASE to the local tax rate.
Local taxes are based on assessed property value. Due to the McCleary decision, in 2018 the school district local levy, known as the education and operations levy (E&O), was limited to $1.50 per thousand of assessed value. In 2017, the E&O levy was $3.47 per $1,000 of assessed value. This year, the E&O levy is $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value, keeping our total levy rate at or below $4.50 per $1,000 as promised to voters. In 2019 the Legislature increased the cap to $2.50.
How can I get more information?
We are here to answer your questions about the bond, existing and planned facilities, enrollment, tax rate or anything else you’d like to discuss.
Use the form below to reach us and continue to check this site and our Facebook page for updates and public forum information.
General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) Contracting is an Alternative Public Works Delivery method that is available to Public Owners and Agencies. Unlike traditional Design-Bid-Build contracts, GC/CM Contracts select the contractor early and engage the contractor during the design phase to meet the cost, scheduling, and quality criteria for the project. GC/CM Contracting is a process of collaborative management and construction process between the owner, architect, and contractor.
GC/CM Contracts may feature early construction, allowing portions of the work to be constructed before the final design is completed. This makes GC/CM an effective delivery method for complex projects that may have multiple delivery dates or compressed schedules. Collaborative input from the GC/CM contractor is an effective means to identify and control risks and costs early in the project. Also, unlike Design-Build contracts, a GC/CM contract gives the Architect a direct agreement with the Public Owner/Agency that is separate from the General Contractor.
For the new-in-lieu Mt. Stuart Elementary and the new elementary school the construction delivery method will be the GC/CM Contracting model. This method allows for the School District to hire one contractor who will team with the School District and the designers to provide their construction expertise through the design, permitting, and construction phases which was completed April, 2019.
- Cost impacts for scheduling and feasibility
- Good/safe access for public/student/staff and construction worker safety
- Integrating new and existing site utilities on adjacent sites
- Maintaining service access for existing site and building components
- Maintaining services and access to adjacent public and private spaces/residences
- Finding and using the best combination of local and regional source for labor and materials
- Why the GC/CM Contracting Procedure is Appropriate for the New Elementary and New-in-Lieu Mt. Stuart Projects
- Public Benefit
- Organization's GC/CM Qualifications
Complex Scheduling, Phasing & Coordination
The project is located on two adjacent site locations. The New Elementary School should be completed and ready for occupancy by August, 2021. Mt. Stuart could have a proposed staggered start and end date, but should be ready for occupancy by August, 2021. OAC Services is intensively managing phasing and coordination of subcontractor construction activities/crews scheduling, site construction of onsite roads, utility tie-ins, and offsite road improvements. Wetlands, irrigation canal mitigation, and off-site construction activities are critical to successful completion of the New Elementary School. At the program level, the on-time completion of the New Elementary School allows for the move in and scheduled acceleration of the Lincoln Elementary School modernization project.
Construction at an Existing Facility
Student, Staff & Public Safety
Construction of the new Mt. Stuart Elementary School will be accomplished on the existing and active school site. Planning and cost estimating for mitigated risk measures on site and public/student/staff and construction worker safety, separation of pedestrian/traffic circulation are paramount. Access to and from the site is along Cora Street where bus, cars, pedestrian and construction, circulation must be highly regulated to allow for safe operations of busing, public, and construction worker safety. The existing green space in front of Mt. Stuart is highly utilized sports and community recreational space.
Educational & Community Operational Requirements
Constructing a new Mt. Stuart on an existing site significantly lessens the risk to disruption of the day-to-day educational teaching and learning environment. Existing or temporary playfields and playgrounds at the existing school will need to be provided as much as possible during construction. Once the existing school is demolished, new playground, ballfields, and the remaining parking/traffic circulation can be completed in a timely manner prior to school starting in Fall, 2021.
Utility & Traffic Regulation/Coordination
Utility installation and shutdowns are more predictable when synchronized with the school's educational, operational community events calendars, availability of Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), utility workers, and the construction schedule. New service to the new school will be coming off existing in the right-of-way.
Mitigate Public & Construction Access/Egress
The New School’s construction traffic will require coordination and negotiation with the City of Ellensburg to approve haul routes, which are a key component to be a ‘good neighbor’ at each school site. The GC/CM must assist the District to prepare construction logistics and deliveries to mitigate traffic/pedestrian safe route to school plans and operational requirements for busing and parent traffic.
Involvement of the GC/CM is Critical During Design
Scope, Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC) & Contingency Budget Alignment
The District and Integrus Architecture use Target Value Design (TVD) as a tool to manage MACC and design contingency budgets. The GC/CM TVD budget/cost estimating, recent market conditions, and subcontracting bids/expertise will help guide and track design decisions within the MACC/Contingency budgets. Value Engineering and Constructability Review efforts will be a contiguous collaborative effort during design phase team meetings. As part of these meetings, we track design and constructability options with timely estimates or cost projections so that timely decisions can be made with the District.
Early Subcontractor Engagement
The construction market and forecasted 2020-2022 projects in Eastern and Central Washington Region is significant. Our active market allows subcontractors to be selective about which projects they take on and the GC/CM will help maximize the attractiveness and competitiveness of our project to the subcontracting community. Having the GC/CM as an early team member will assist in communicating the project’s strategic outreach and bid packaging schedules to the local and regional subcontracting community.
On & Off-Site Scope & Budget Alignment
It is the District and its Architectural Design Engineers/Program Management (AE/PM) teams’ experiences that GC/CM construction solutions during design for on and off-site improvements is critical to managing the MACC and design contingency budgets. The New Elementary School and Mt. Stuart on and off-site road network faces significant negotiation and budget alignment with many stakeholders prior to submitting permit drawings. Having the GC/CM at the negotiating table provides creative/collaborative solutions and estimated costs in the budget/design process.
Complex or Technical Work Environment
The City of Ellensburg Planning Department obtained a right-of-way to extend Cora Street along Mt. Stuart’s east boundary over the State Parks Palouse to Cascades Trail, which is under a Bonneville Power Administration easement, over an existing wetland and onto the New Elementary School site. This critically complex road access and egress issue and its solution must be an efficient and budget conscience design and construction solution during negotiations with the City, State Parks and Recreation, and Bonneville Power Administration. The GC/CM will be instrumental in developing construction options/solutions for the critical coordination to construct a structure to span the irrigation ditch on Kittitas County land parcel. Real time estimates and solutions to stay in budget are essential.
Contracting Method Provides a Substantial Fiscal Benefit
After successful bond passage, the District and its Program Management/Construction Manager (PM/CM) and Architectural Design Engineer (AE) teams analyzed options to deliver the entire bond program with the best possible outcome for the community and the District. Construction research and outreach with the District, contractors, and the 2020 and 2022 construction project forecasts in Central and Eastern Washington reveal that local and regional subcontractor availability will be taxed and allow for selective bidding projects within the subcontracting community. The District desires to begin early marketing of the projects to subcontractors via local Associated General Contractors (AGC) chapters, presentations, and mailings to maximize subcontractor visibility, availability to bid the project, obtain favorable construction commodity volume buying power, and get ahead of projects that bid in early and late 2020. This approach is a fiscal benefit to the District. Subcontractor involvement and outreach lessens the element of surprise with greater predictability of results within the budget.
The use of GC/CM allows for early subcontractor involvement in identification and resolution of post bid design/construction value engineering solutions. When necessary, having subcontractors at the table to ID, recommend, or solve issues with the District, PM, Designer, and GC/CM is a very powerful team approach that works on behalf of the District's best interest and negotiates in good faith. This management approach results in less claims, delays, and is a fiscal benefit to the voters of Ellensburg community.
Fiscal benefits & Meeting Desired Quality Standards
Engagement of the GC/CM early in the design process increases the likelihood of developing a realistic phasing plan, cost estimation accuracy, strategic materials selection, long lead procurement, and subcontractor buyout. Estimating the actual cost of difficult projects is challenging and may result in unpleasant, late-in-the-schedule surprises as experienced for Design-Bid-Build projects.
If in the best interest of the project and critical to the successful completion of the project, the District and its GC/CM may conduct Pre-bid determination of subcontractor eligibility. Selecting and retaining subcontractor teams of professionals through a qualifications process provides the best available construction talent for the project over Design-Bid-Build.
Allocation of Risk & Open Book Accounting
Team organization permits the integration, collaboration, and accountability in risk identification and mitigation/management of risk. This includes ongoing management of budget and contingency risk. Early involvement of the GC/CM allows to understand the issues up front, to work issues to resolution, as well as fix any price associated with risk.
Open book accounting and clear identification of requirements in the Request for Proposal (RFP) for negotiated support services and reimbursable costs in the terms and conditions of the contract allow for clear and easy auditing of contract reimbursable costs or bid procedures and results.
Selection is Based on Qualification & Experience
OAC Services and Integrus Architecture have actively interviewed and marketed this project to Western and Eastern Washington General Contractors prior to solicitation of services. They received very positive comments, ideas, and suggestions regarding the contract delivery, collaboration on scheduling the work, priorities, and being ‘at the table at the start of schematic design’. Their forecasts for the construction market in the next two years makes this project a very viable project that qualified and experienced GC firms will likely pursue.
- The MACC project budget of $31M +/- and alternate public works contract method makes the project a viable and attractive to pursue
- OAC's reputation and experience in GC/CM delivery is a very fair non-complicated process of selecting GC/CM contractors with low barrier to entry for firms
- Selection of like materials, commodities, and labor sequencing for a longer duration attracts top quality subcontractors
Broader Reach of Qualified Subcontractors
The use of GC/CM delivery is much more likely than not to result in predictable costs and broader subcontractor bid coverage. The GC/CM and the District project team can work together to develop a subcontracting plan that meets strict project requirements with local or specialty contractors resulting in increased competition, and if needed, pre-qualified subcontractors.
OAC Services, Inc. GC/CM Qualifications
OAC is the region's premier project/construction management firm that possesses unparallel GC/CM consultant services to its clients desiring to use and become GC/CM practitioners. Their unique K-12 EDU practice contains over 40 skilled program/project/construction managers, educational and facility thought leaders, project engineers, and coordinators of which 30+ are experienced in Washington State GC/CM project delivery. OAC program/project managers and principals have submitted more Project Review Committee applications and worked on more alternative procurement projects (50+ GC/CM and 30+ DesignBuild) more than any other PM/CM firm in the State.
Integrus Architecture has extensive experience working with the GC/CM delivery model, particularly with the design and construction of complex phased modernizations and new construction. The firm has participated in the evolution of GC/CM process as an accepted and allowable delivery model in Washington through several ways such as:
- Integrus Architecture was selected for one of the first GC/CM pilot projects in Washington in 1995
- The CEO, Brian Carter, has served on OSPI’s Technical Advisory Committee for 14 years, and played a role in adapting the D-Form process to accommodate GC/CM delivery
- Integrus has appeared frequently before the Project Review Committee (PRC) in support of their clients as they have pursued permission to utilize GC/CM, have successfully supported the clients, including their request for 'agency status'
- 17 completed K-12 GC/CM projects
- 10 in process K-12 GC/CM projects
- 13 completed higher education, civic, and justice GC/CM projects
According to the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Design-Build (DB) has been used in the private sector for decades. In executing their DB projects, private sector owners typically contract with their Design-Builders early in the project’s life, allowing owner's to take full advantage of the Design-Builder’s expertise and work collaboratively with the Design-Builder to develop a design that meets the project’s goals. While most private sector owners ultimately expect their Design-Builders to provide price, schedule, and performance commitments, they defer obtaining these commitments until after the design has been sufficiently defined — enhancing the opportunity for collaboration, teamwork, and the likelihood of project success. Once the parties have negotiated and agreed upon the terms of their relationship, the owner can be more assured that the Design-Builder’s commitments will be honored — the Design-Builder’s continuum of involvement creates ownership and leads to reliable commitments. This effort essentially aligns expectations up front before executing the work of design and construction, thus significantly reducing the misaligned expectations for scope, cost, and schedule between the owner and Design-Builder.
One application of Design-Build delivery is via a stepped process, known as Progressive Design-Build (PDB). PDB uses a qualifications-based or best value selection, followed by a process whereby the owner then “progresses” towards a design and contract price with the team.
The most important aspect of PDB delivery is the same as General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) — aligning the incentives of the owner, contractor, and architect; the latter two being one team. By aligning incentives, establishing a contract, and a relationship and risk allocation, collaboration is encouraged. Aligning incentives across the project team can provide flexibility in subcontracting procurement particularly in how and when subcontractors and suppliers are procured, which increases competition and takes advantage of the expertise throughout the supply chain. Flexibility in procurement, while maintaining transparency, benefits taxpayers and the District. The public will be well served by ensuring the most qualified contractors and subcontractors are selected to execute the work.
In the case of Lincoln Elementary, the current structure was constructed in 1949, with minor upgrades completed over the life of the structure. This presents many complications and unknowns throughout the structure. The PDB team will help bring new and innovative ideas and thoughts to the facility. The creativity of the PDB team will be instrumental in the development of the renovated facility to provide the most efficient and technologically appropriate building.
Utilizing PDB will allow the District to accelerate the design timeline, and allow for certain portions of the project to be completed before the building design is 100% complete. By accelerating the schedule, it will allow construction of the additional space to start prior to students leaving school for the summer break. Once summer break begins, the students will be moved out of the building allowing construction in the existing structure. The expectation is to allow students back in the school for the fall of 2022. PDB also allows the District to lock in the project amount early and avoid some cost escalation. In addition to locking in the budget early, utilizing PBD will allow the District to strategically time the bid packages to get the best value for the various scopes of work. The PDB team will also provide valuable constructability reviews, bring Value Engineering options to the table, and be able to identify long lead procurement items to stay on pace with an aggressive schedule.
Resolution No. 06.12.18 — Relating to the acquisition of certain real property
Resolution No. 03.11.18 — Recertification of 2019 debt service fund excess property taxes
Resolution No. 02.11.18 — Relating to contracting indebtedness
Resolution No. 06.10.18 — Bonds to construct a new elementary school and expand and renovate schools
Resolution No. 01.10.18 — Certification of 2019 excess property taxes
Resolution No. 04.04.18 — Land purchase negotiation authorization
Resolution No. 22.09.19 — Approving the construction of two new elementary schools on one site
Resolution No. 21.08.19 — Adopting the Study and Survey
Resolution No. 20.08.19 — Survey of space availability in contiguous districts
Resolution No. 17.07.19 — Review and Approval of the Schematic Design for the New Elementary School and New Mt. Stuart Elementary School
Resolution No. 11.03.19 — Approval of New-in-Lieu replacement of Mt. Stuart Elementary
Resolution No. 10.03.19 — Certifying who may sign documents on the Board's behalf for the District's 2018 Capital Improvement Bond Program and individual projects
Resolution No. 09.03.19 — Certifying the New Elementary School and Mt. Stuart Elementary projects will not create or aggravate racial imbalance
Resolution No. 08.03.19 — Authorization of use of alternative public works GC/CM and RCW 39.10 compliance
Resolution No. 07.03.19 — Alter of the specific expenditures from bond proceeds and state assistance
Resolution No. 05.02.19 — Consider whether state or local circumstances should cause alterations to expenditures
Resolution No. 18.07.20 — Intent to Construct Project for Mt. Stuart Elementary School project
Resolution No. 17.07.20 — Acceptance of Constructability Review and Implementation Plan for the Mt. Stuart Elementary School project
Resolution No. 16.07.20 — Approving the Maximum Allowable Construction Costs (MACC) for the Mt. Stuart Elementary School project
Resolution No. 15.07.20 — Intent to Construct Project for the New Elementary School project
Resolution No. 14.07.20 — Acceptance of Constructability Review and Implementation Plan for the New Elementary School project
Resolution No. 13.07.20 — Approving the Maximum Allowable Construction Costs (MACC) for the New Elementary School project
Resolution No. 04.01.20 — Approving the Value Engineering and Accepting Implementation form for Mt. Stuart Elementary School project
Resolution No. 03.01.20 — Approving the Value Engineering and Accepting Implementation form for New Elementary School project
Brian Aiken, Executive Director of Business Services, Ellensburg School District
Role on this Project: District Project Executive
Brian has an extensive bond and construction history in his 28 years of serving four school districts across Washington State. In 2016, he was hired as the Executive Director, Business Services at Ellensburg School District and inherited leadership of the Morgan Middle School GC/CM project halfway through construction, project closeout, and warranty phases. For three years he was the Assistant Superintendent at East Valley School District (Spokane) where he was responsible for its capital and minor improvement programs. In his six years at Cheney School District, he was responsible for development and execution of the District’s 2010 Capital Bond program, which delivered two new middle schools and a new elementary school. While at Fife School District, with his 11 years in the Finance and Operations Department he was involved in all capital projects.
Dale Leslie, Director, Maintenance and Operations, Ellensburg School District
Role on this Project: District Leadership and Representative for Maintenance and Operations
Dale is a 28-year employee of the District, 18 of those years were serving as the Director, Maintenance and Operations. Working his way up from the trades, Dale has been involved in every major or minor capital facilities project ranging in scope from $500,000 to $31 million. He served on the District’s leadership team on its first GC/CM project, the 2015 Morgan Middle School Modernization and New Addition project. He provides designers and engineers with District design/construction standards and was actively involved in the day-to-day construction of Morgan Middle School.
Angela Garrett-Gordon, Fiscal Assistant, Business Services, Ellensburg School District
Role on this Project: District Support
Angela brings 16 years of experience in construction and information technology. She has current GC/CM experience with the new Mt. Stuart elementary schools and is assigned to coordinate and assist with the Lincoln Design-Build school construction project.
Jeff Jurgensen, Sr. Vice President, CCM, DBIA
Role on this Project: Program Support
Jeff has over 27 years of construction experience. He has worked on over 15 major capital GC/CM projects in the state of Washington and assisted in getting the Spokane Public School District agency approval. He also has worked on six major capital Design Build projects, one Design Build project at Spokane International Airport as well as one K12 Design Build project with the Paschal Sherman Indian School in Omak, Washington and led the City of Spokane through their first Design Build project with the Nelson Service Center. He holds the DBIA certification from the Design Build Institute of America. He is very experienced and knowledgeable in the state of Washington and Spokane local construction market. He is also a current sitting member on the Project Review Committee.
Rusty Pritchard, CCM, DBIA, Program Manager, OAC Services, Inc.
Role on this Project: Program Manager
Rusty will lead the GC/CM procurement process, GMP negotiations, and administration of the GC/CM contract through design to closeout. Rusty has over 40 years of managing the planning, design, and construction of public facilities at the federal, state, and local level. He reports directly to the Executive Director, Business Services and supports the Superintendent and District Board of Directors with information for Board action, decisions, and community engagement.
He is a seasoned Washington State alternate public works GC/CM, Design-Build and Design-Bid-Build practitioner for K-12, higher education, and municipal owners. He served six years as a member of the Project Review Committee (2010-2016).
Rusty was involved in one of the first K-12 GC/CM demonstration projects (Clovis Point Intermediate School) and has been the Owner’s Representative on four previous K-12 GC/CM projects. He is the GC/CM Advisor on two City of Spokane GC/CM heavy civil projects providing the City with GC/CM procurement, Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) negotiations and GC/CM contract administration, and internal audit services during construction and closeout. Both heavy civil GC/CM projects are in their final stages of construction. He served as a GC/CM quality assurance technical advisor on Mead School District’s two PRC approved and completed GC/CM projects (Northwood MS and Midway ES). He is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM) (CMAA) and certified DBIA professional (Design Build Institute of America).
Damon Gardella, PMP, Associate DBIA, Program Manager, OAC Services, Inc.
Role on this Project: Program Manager
Damon Gardella has over 22 years of experience in public project and construction management. Damon recently joined the Ellensburg School District Capital Projects team after the passage of the 2018 bond. Previously, Damon worked as the Program/Project Construction Manager for the Mead School District 2015 bond program. The bond consisted of one new Middle School (GC/CM), and two Elementary Schools that were both modernization and additions (one GC/CM and one Design-Bid-Build (DBB)). Damon has managed several alternate delivery projects and has completed the AGC GC/CM training. He is the lead Project Manager on the Mt. Stuart Elementary School and will support the Program Manager during all phases of the project until completion. He is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMI) and Associate, DBIA practitioner.
Kristine Keller, Project Manager, AIA, CPTED, OAC Services, Inc.
Role on this Project: Project Manager
Kristine has over 16 years in the design and construction industry, with involvement in a variety of alternative delivery contract methods. Her experience includes educational, government, commercial, and financial type projects. She is the current Project Manager on the Central Valley School District’s Horizon Middle School GC/CM project. She completed the AGC GC/CM Winter Training in January, 2019. Kristine is the lead Project Manager on the New Elementary School and will support the Program Manager during all phases of the project until completion. She is a licensed Architect in Washington, Montana, and Wyoming. She holds a certification in CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), which is used to focus on School Safety for her clients.
Chris English, Project Manager, PMP, OAC Services, Inc.
Role on this Project: Project Manager
Chris has spent seven years working in project management in the construction industry and over 12 in the construction industry. He graduated with a construction management degree from Brigham Young University. His experience has been working on infrastructure and tenant improvement projects ranging in size from $50k to $17 million. Chris’ ability to identify risks and opportunities and implement effective plans while keeping constant communication with clients makes him a great addition to our team. Since joining OAC in October, 2016, Chris supported the Lake Washington School District Bond program work. A year later, Chris relocated to the Spokane area. Since being in Spokane, he has worked on several major alternative delivery projects; Mead School District Bond Program and the Spokane International Airport Security Upgrade Project.
Kathryn Getchell, CCP, PSP, Project Controls Manager, OAC Services, Inc.
Role on this Project: Project Controls Manager
Ms. Getchell is a highly skilled project controls professional with more than 32 years of experience in scheduling, budget development and cost controls, and all phases of project planning, from inception through completion. Kat’s GC/CM experience began in 1999 when WSU was one of the first public owners to deliver capital projects using GC/CM. Her GC/CM project experience includes over 23+ projects in higher education and K-12 markets. Kat provides project controls management services to support client programs and projects on large-scale projects up to $200 million dollars from various funding sources. Her vast areas of controls expertise include CPM scheduling services, baseline schedule development, budget development, cost management, monthly update reporting-budget versus actual, trend report, change order/risk management reporting various costs, estimate to complete, contract management, and invoice administration. She is a Certified Cost Professional (CCP) and Certified Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP).
Todd Smith, Project Manager, OAC Services, Inc.
Role on this Project: Project Manager
Todd has more than 18 years of construction experience as a project and a senior construction manager, on public and private projects up to $215 million. Todd is an additional OAC resource for the program who can backfill either Damon or Kristine during any phase of the program. Todd clearly communicates with individuals working in varying capacities on a project. He is a third-generation contractor who worked his way to be a PM/CM consultant. He is proficient with industry-standard project controls software including Oracle Expedition, Primavera P6, P3 and Sure Trak, Microsoft Project, CostWorks, MC2 and AutoCAD
Brian Carter, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP, Integrus Architecture, P.S.
Role on this Project: K-12 Educational Planner
As CEO and leader of the K-12 Education group at Integrus Architecture, Brian has extensive GC/CM experience, most recently on Salish Coast Elementary School for Port Townsend School District, Alderwood Middle School for Edmonds School District, three middle school projects in Montana, Vashon Island High School, two elementary school projects on Joint Base Lewis McChord for Clover Park School District, Rush Elementary School in Redmond for the Lake Washington School District and previously Meadowdale Middle School in Lynnwood for the Edmonds School District. He is responsible for overseeing the production of all projects phases and has led many large, complex, and phased occupancy school projects in recent years. Brian is familiar with the issues involved in alternative delivery methods outside of the usual design-bid-build process and understands the benefits of GC/CM such as early collaboration between the owner, the design team, and the construction team. Brian also is a longstanding executive member of the Technical Advisory Committee at OSPI and has participated actively in efforts to integrate the GC/CM model into OSPI’s school construction assistance funding process (D forms, etc.).
Mark Dailey, AIA, NCARB, Integrus Architecture, P.S.
Role on this Project: Principal-in-Charge and Design Lead
Mr. Dailey is a Principal and owner at Integrus Architecture, in Spokane. As lead design principal, Mark has been responsible for the design of many of the firm’s most successful recent projects. His talent and design sensitivity, enhanced by his ability to translate client ideas and concerns into building designs, have contributed extensively to the firm’s achievements. Mr. Dailey’s work has been consistently recognized by his peers and industry organizations with local, regional, and national design awards.
Ty Miller, LEED AP BD&C, Associate, Integrus Architecture, P.S.
Role on this Project: Project Manager
Ty Miller has extensive experience in all phases of architectural service. She believes that design professionals have the responsibility to create environments for their clients that reflect the unique culture of the users and satisfy programmatic requirements, while retaining a healthy quality of living. Her knowledge and passion for sustainable design technologies allows her to lead design teams and clients to develop integrated design solutions. Ty holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Washington State University and is a LEED AP BD+C professional. She is also active in the Inland Northwest Chapter of the Cascadia Green Building Council, a Board Member of Communities in Schools, and a member of the Washington Association of Maintenance and Operation Administrators. Ty’s engaging personality and collaborative spirit is a great asset to our team. Ty was recognized in 2013 with the Outstanding Branch Collaborative Leadership Award from the Cascadia Green Building Council.
Steven Clark, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Integrus Architecture, P.S.
Role on this Project: Project Manager
Steven brings an extensive background in all phases of architectural services for educational clients and projects. He provides technical research and detailing to the designer during the design process and coordinates systems into a fully integrated design solution. A versatile member of the project team, Steven works closely with all disciplines to coordinate and produce documents of high quality and he is an active participant in the construction process from the initial design phases through construction administration. Steven is a Board Member for the Washington Chapter of Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) and stays actively engaged with issues that affect the funding, design process, and successful construction of K-12 public schools in Washington State and beyond. He received his Master’s in Architecture from the University of Idaho and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Brian Piippo, AIA, NCARB, Project Architect, Integrus Architecture, P.S.
Role on this Project: Project Architect
Brian has extensive experience in all phases of architectural service. His interest in each client’s needs and attention to detail contribute to the spirit of service provided by Integrus. Brian believes that a quality learning environment can influence students, educators, and communities. As a Project Architect, Brian displays a knowledge of the architectural principles, practices and methods uniquely for each project. A versatile member of the project team, Brian works closely with all disciplines to coordinate and produce documents of high quality. He is an active participant in the construction process from the initial design phases through construction administration. Brian prepares schedules and establishes benchmarks to identify critical path elements. While in the field Brian documents field notes, sketches, code interpretations, drawing and specification decisions, drawings, and technical instruction.
Andrew Greene, District GC/CM Legal Counsel, Perkins-Coie, LLP
Role on this Project: Legal Counsel
Andrew Greene is a partner in the Seattle office of Perkins-Coie, LLP and chair of its national construction practice. He has been retained as project legal counsel and is the main point of contact for the District for legal issues that arise during the project. Andrew has served as project counsel and drafted RCW 39.10 compliant agreements (construction, architectural, construction management, etc.) for numerous school districts and other public owners. Recent GC/CM experience include projects for Metro Parks of Tacoma, The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Spokane International Airport, City of Spokane, Washington State University, and numerous school districts (Highline, Vashon, Clover Park, Cheney, Olympia, and Edmonds, etc.). He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for construction law.
- Kittitas Elder Talks to PBS Documentary Featuring His Mother Ida Nason Aronica 2020.11.14
- Ellensburg Narrows Names for New Elementary School Down to Three Options 2020.11.05
- Final Steel Beam Ceremony Held for New School 2020.10.12
- Construction for Ellensburg Schools on Schedule 2020.08.26
- School Construction Continues During State Shutdown 2020.06.01
- Ellensburg School Construction Not Slowed by Virus Outbreak 2020.04.14
- Editorial: School District Moving Forward 2019.11.06
- Letter: School District Should Choose Seats Over Streets 2019.11.06
- Ellensburg School District Solves Budget Problem for New Elementary Schools 2019.11.05
- School District Moves Forward with School Plans 2019.10.28
- School Board Listens to Public Concerns Regarding the New School Plans 2019.09.19
- Letter: Providing More Information on School Property Purchase 2019.09.17
- Continuing the Conversation, Why the North Site Can't Be Used 2019.09.12
- Editorial: District Needs to Slow Down 2019.09.10
- Ellensburg School District Must Change School Construction Plans 2019.09.06
- Ellensburg School District All In on New Mt. Stuart 2019.04.04
- New School Finds Heavy Community Support 2019.02.28
- Letter: Looking at Building New, Rather Than Remodeling Mt. Stuart 2019.02.09
- School Bond Progresses Forward in Planning 2019.01.31
- Ellensburg School District Board Starts the Process of Picking a Design Team for School Bond 2019.01.23
- Year in Review: No. 5: Ellensburg Passes Elementary School Expansion Bond 2018.12.28
- School District Authorizes Bond Sales, Selects Architecture Firm 2018.12.05
- Letter: District Should Not Heat New School with Natural Gas 2018.11.17
- In Final Count, Ellensburg School Bond Passes at 62 Percent 2018.11.16
- Editorial: Bond Passing is Good News 2018.11.14
- Elementary School Bond Crosses 60 Percent Needed to Pass 2018.11.12
- Elementary School Bond Falling Short of 60 Percent Needed 2018.11.07
- Letter: Bond Would Help District Meet Elementary School Needs 2018.10.17
- Editorial: School Bond Deserves Support 2018.10.09
- Ellensburg School District Selects Construction Company for Elementary School Project 2018.08.24
- Ellensburg School Board Approves Purchase of 29 Acres North of Mt. Stuart Elementary 2018.06.28
- School Board Puts School Bond on the November Ballot 2018.06.14
- Ellensburg School District Explores Grade School Options 2018.01.17
- Ellensburg School District in Talks with CWU About Partnership, Land 2018.01.11
- Year in Review: No. 4: Ellensburg School District Looks at Overcrowding 2017.12.28
- District to Post Signs at Mt. Stuart School 2017.12.16
- School District to Talk with CWU, City of Ellensburg About Land 2017.12.01
- School Board Gathering More Information About Mt. Stuart Land 2017.08.26
- Ellensburg School Board Considers New Option for Lincoln 2017.08.19
- School District to Find Land to Resolve Mt. Stuart Property Dispute 2017.07.27
- Ellensburg School Board Discusses Options to Resolve Mt. Stuart Land Issues 2017.06.28
- School Board, Committee Discuss Possible Solutions to Crowding 2017.05.31
- How many kids? Ellensburg School District Takes a Hard Look at Enrollment Projections 2017.05.12
- Committee Recommends Two Elementary School Options 2017.04.20
- School Committee Narrows Options to 4; Adopts Class & School Size Targets 2017.04.10
- Committee to Back Fourth Elementary School 2017.03.06
- Community Members Help Brainstorm Ideas for School Overcrowding Fix 2017.02.20
- Ellensburg School Committee Drops 8-9 Campus Idea 2017.02.03
- School Officials All Options on Table to Improve Facilities Ease Crowding 2017.01.30
- 8-9 Campus Float as Way to Reduce School Overcrowding 2017.01.21
- Elementary School Bond Might Need to Wait Another Year 2017.01.05
Parents, Staff, Students and Community Members,
The Ellensburg School District Board of Directors authorized a bond proposition to be placed on the November 6, 2018, special election ballot to alleviate overcrowding and address critical safety and maintenance concerns at the elementary school level. This plan will add space, build a replacement Mt. Stuart Elementary, and renovate Lincoln Elementary, and build a new elementary school on newly purchased property on the northwest side of town.