Siuslaw Steering Committee seeks continued comment

Public forum will discuss options, survey results

Feb. 10, 2018 — Siuslaw School District Superintendent Andy Grzeskowiak is encouraging residents to attend a public forum at Siuslaw High School on Monday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m, with members of the district’s Steering Committee and the Siuslaw School District Board of Directors.

The purpose of the discussion will be to review the pre-bond planning work and bond project priorities to be included in any future bond requests.

The Steering Committee also hopes to receive input from community members that may not have had an opportunity to contribute to the process to this point, according to Grzeskowiak.

“The Monday meeting at the high school has three purposes,” he said. “First, it is scheduled for student input. Previous meetings have been difficult for students to attend and share their thoughts on what is needed to improve the safety and learning environment of the high school.

“Second, more community members have been joining in the process over the last few months and have more ideas to share and questions to ask.”

After that discussion, Grzeskowiak said that building tours will be available for those interested in seeing the issues of the high school firsthand.

“Lastly, while people are on tours, the steering committee will peel off to prepare the final recommendation language to present to the board on Wednesday, Feb. 14,” he added.

The meeting will also be the first opportunity for community members to review the results from a survey conducted by phone and on-line which gathered opinions related to the need for district upgrades.

Grzeskowiak said the phone survey brought in 372 responses and the web survey brought in another 262 responses

“Both surveys are synchronous,” he said. “The community is generally supportive of a new high school rather than remodeling the old building, and the community is generally supportive of the total bond amount to include the elementary and middle school projects.”

The majority of the other work that will not be at the high school will be at Siuslaw elementary. This could include rebuilding the south end, seismically securing the north end and rerouting the bus and car travel lanes.

“The goal is to reset the clock on our buildings to make sure they are future ready for weather and operations here along the coast,” Grzeskowiak said.

Decisions as to the final projects to be included in the bond proposal will be made in the next few weeks.

Siuslaw School District Board of Directors will select the projects for which they will recommend voters approve funding at the Feb. 14 meeting.

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