District updates Capital Facilities Plan
District updates Capital Facilities Plan
Posted on 10/11/2019
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Many homeowners will agree there is always a list of home improvement and repair projects that must be done. Decisions must be made when and how to spend money on the home. Projects are typically prioritized based on cost, time required, level of urgency, and other how these compare to other demands in life.

In the Puyallup School District, these kinds of decisions are based on the recommendations from a Citizens Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC), which is made up of community representatives and district staff members. These people have determined the projects in the 2019 High School Facilities Improvements Bond.

The planning began in 2011 with the Citizens Facilities Advisory Committee. A final report was presented to the Puyallup School Board in January 2012. The committee recommended three phases: 2012-2016; 2016-2020; and 2020-2024. The CFAC was commissioned to execute a plan for the future.

This comprehensive master plan, referred to as the CFAC report, is the guide used to determine and prioritize long-term needs of the district in the following areas: new construction, remodel or replacement construction, program improvements, life cycle improvements, land disposition, and housing.

It is the backbone for strategic bond and levy planning — intended to prepare the district to meet educational classroom and program requirements far into the future.

At the recent meeting of the PSD Board of Directors, Director of Facilities Planning Brian Devereux presented a report updating the district’s Capital Facilities Plan.

School districts are required to submit an updated Capital Facilities Plan annually to each municipality from which school impact fees are collected to comply with local and state law. For Puyallup School District, this includes Pierce County, City of Edgewood, City of Fife, and City of Puyallup.

Changes to this year’s CFP update include:

  • 2018-19 Enrollments and projections from the district’s Facilities Planning Department
  • Revised student generation factors for single-family and multi-family development.
  • Inclusion of the November 2019 High School Improvements bond program.
  • Inclusion of the Immanuel Lutheran Church property adjacent to Puyallup High School.
  • Revised School Impact Fee calculation of $17,356 per single-family unit and $6,136 per multi-family unit.

Devereux used several graphs to illustrate the on-going growth in Puyallup schools and the number of students housed in temporary classrooms, also referred to as portable classrooms. The graph below demonstrates the district’s projected student capacity versus projected enrollment. The line with the square points charts the projected elementary capacity while the line with the circle points charts the projected elementary enrollment.

This gap has been significantly reduced with the opening of four new elementary buildings this fall and will be reduced further with the opening of the new Pope Elementary replacement and expansion building in fall of 2020.

While there will still be several temporary classrooms used at the elementary level, this gap is being significantly reduced thanks to voter support of the 2015 Bond.

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The junior high additions planned at Ballou, Stahl, and Ferrucci junior highs will meet the housing need by 2023. The voter approved 2015 School Construction and Facility Improvements Bond projects have allowed the district to meet the requirements of the program to receive the additional funds, called “Matching State Funds,” which are targeted for construction projects.

The projects will focus on additional classroom space, increased safety and security, and instructional spaces to accommodate specific program needs.  

Currently, there are 12 portables that house students at Ferrucci Junior High. At Stahl Junior High there are 14 portables where students attend class throughout the day.

Two public hearings held in July and August 2018 focused on a recommendation by the 2015 Bond Oversight Committee to use $77.5 million in state match funds. These projects will not cost taxpayers additional money. Based on state calculations, Puyallup School District has qualified for $77.5 million in matching state funds.

Because of this, a Junior High Facilities Improvement Bond will not be necessary. This takes the Puyallup community directly to the third phase of the CFAC Comprehensive Master Plan, a focus on high school campuses.

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The PSD Board of Directors is forward-thinking to prepare for more than 12,000 elementary students who will progress to junior high and high school in the coming years. The aging buildings at the high schools were not built with today’s security concerns in mind, nor can they accommodate the growing population.

The graph for the high schools below shows a significant gap between permanent capacity versus enrollment. With passage of the 2019 Bond the district will meet the housing needs in 2023 and have some capacity remaining to meet the increasing needs over the next few years. This is demonstrated with the black line with square markers.

“This is one of the reasons this bond is critical in terms of housing students,” said Devereux. “That’s a large gap – close to 900 students in portable classrooms.”

The red line in the graph below demonstrates the gap between permanent capacity and enrollment should the High School Bond not pass. Capacity in the school building will remain the same while the projected enrollment grows to 5,950 creating a gap of 1,866. This means over 1,800 students could be learning in temporary classrooms.

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When the Board of Directors chose to put a high school bond measure on the November ballot, it was based on recommendations from a Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) commissioned in April 2018. The committee met twice monthly to study educational specifications and identify critical facility needs to enhance education at Emerald Ridge, Puyallup, Rogers, and Walker high schools.

Members of the BAC began their work with a comprehensive review of the CFAC 12-year plan. The committee was tasked by the board to put together the bond package which represents the most pressing needs prioritized in the CFAC Plan. The BAC considers public input, the economy, statutory requirements, financing methods, and the financial capacity of the district and its citizens in order to recommend a bond package to the board.

Over several months of conversation, public study sessions, research, and consideration, the elected directors serving on the Puyallup School Board determined what portion of the 12-year plan would be funded as a result of the proposition placed before voters in the bond election.

Passage of the High School Facilities Improvements Bond will complete the third phase of the 12-year CFAC plan.

To learn more about the upcoming bond, visit the home page.