In 2016, a Capital Bond was approved by the voters of the District, to fund, among other projects, the modernization and expansion of Sumner High School to provide additional permanent classroom space for 1,830 students to re-unite the student body housed in the existing portable classrooms into functional classroom space, to improve outdated teaching spaces and support services, to expand and relocate the cafeteria area (known as the Commons) to allow the student body to convene during the lunch hour into two shifts in lieu of being scattered throughout the high school and to provide a central core for student activities and educational programs, to expand the library to provide for flexible programming and technology, to add additional classroom space for science, specialized instructional space for performing arts, industrial and illustrative arts programs aided by technology, music programs, and additional flexible areas for interdisciplinary study and activities to foster collaboration, and all coupled with associated support services, security, and circulation areas.
In 2017-18, planning and design moved forward with land use and associated demolition/building/development approvals and permits obtained in mid-2018. The Project included the demolition of the swimming pool (arising from its age and condition) and residential structures on properties abutting the High School for construction staging areas and future student parking. The Project was advertised for bidding and only one (1) construction bid was submitted in an amount substantially over the construction budget. The Design Team thereafter prepared a re-tooled plan consistent with the goals of the Bond Resolution for consideration by the District’s Board.
On December 12, 2018, following several presentations and study sessions, the District’s Board, in light of current state and local circumstances, including the construction environment, directed the Superintendent to seek review, study, and evaluation of all options for expansion and modernization of Sumner High School (the “Options”) through the engagement of a Construction Firm.
On January 30, 2019, the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District interviewed three Construction Firms: Hainline Construction, Roen Associations, and OCA Construction Firm. The District retained the services of Hainline Construction to lead the Task Force. Under the direction and ultimate authority of the District, Hainline will lead the Task Force in making a recommendation for the direction of the modernization and expansion of the Sumner High School campus. This process will take approximately six months to complete.
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