Most of Sequim Community School to close

SEQUIM — Accepting a Sequim School District facilities committee recommendation, the district will close most of the aging Community School building in the fall, a move that could save it as much as $90,000 a year.

The unanimous School Board decision came Monday night after the five-member panel had discussed its options over the past year.

“The resolution says we agree with what the committee recommended but don’t want to move forward until the board sees plans for actual construction,” board President Sarah Bedinger said.

“We don’t want to actually start spending money until we see plans for construction or demolition.”

In September, when the school year commences again, only Olympic Peninsula Academy will remain in two classrooms in part of a 1979 addition to the 71,000-square-foot post-World War II-era Community School building at 220 W. Alder St.

Programs the district is responsible for under state law will be relocated to other district facilities.

They include the alternative school, the developmental preschool and special programs administration, which will be relocated to the remodeled historic Sequim High School building that fronts North Sequim Avenue.

Programs relocated

Programs not affiliated with the district that have to move before the new school year in September are Head Start, First Teacher, the Snap Program for those with disabilities, Peninsula College and the Clallam County Department of Health.

“We’d like them to be out of the building by June 30,” said school district business manager Brian Lewis.

The board chose not to demolish and rebuild the Community School building, with an architect’s estimate of more than $3 million to perform the work on the structure.

Staff members were working with an architect to come up with a new design and cost estimate to present to the School Board.

After that, Lewis said, the district could call for bids to remodel the space to remain in use, sealing it off from the rest of the Community School building, which eventually could be demolished.

The district had considered a Community School second-phase project that would require voter approval of a capital projects levy or bond issue to finance it.


Instead, the district’s facilities committee and board members looked at the affordability of securing a $200,000 to $300,000 loan to remodel the aging and energy-inefficient structure so it could still be used, albeit temporarily, with improved energy efficiency and other upgrades.

Reconfiguring existing district facilities to absorb programs now housed in the Community School building was the preferred option, the facilities committee’s report states.

The staff report states that fuel oil to heat the building soared in cost to nearly $61,000 during the past school year.

That would be the biggest savings, Lewis said, with other operation expenses roughly amounting to an additional $30,000.

The facilities committee reviewed the issue and identified and explored options, including leasing Fairview Elementary School, which was shut down by the Port Angeles School District in 2007 and is on the Sequim district’s western boundary; establishing shifts outside of normal scheduling; leasing other space; or buying or leasing portable buildings.


Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Jeff Chew can be reached at 360-681-2391 or at [email protected]

More in News

Carole Scholl of Port Angeles shows her support for women’s rights during a rally Saturday following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. For more on the rallies in Port Angeles, Sequim and Port Townsend, see Monday’s print and online editions. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Supporting women’s rights

Carole Scholl of Port Angeles shows her support for women’s rights during… Continue reading

Pat Woolman
Project Lifesaver client found after search

Project Lifesaver equipment helped deputies find a man who… Continue reading

Large response seen to Center Road fire

No one was hurt during a fire that burned down… Continue reading

Burn planned on Protection Island

A prescribed burn is planned on Protection Island National Wildlife… Continue reading

Myron Teterud, a longtime Sequim schools and community supporter, gives the crowd a salute after being honored as “Fan of the Century” at Sequim High School’s centennial celebration in January 2011. Sequim School Board directors agreed to name the SHS athletic field in honor of Teterud, along with naming the stadium stáʔčəŋ, a S’Klallam word meaning “wolf." (Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group file)
Names OK’d for Sequim stadium, field

Tribe, Teterud honored at athletic facility

Ammonia leak reported at paper mill

An ammonia leak from a tank at McKinley Paper… Continue reading

Matthew Nash/ Olympic Peninsula News Grup

The Sequim Police Department continues to investigate an early morning burglary on Friday at Coastal Farm Ranch.
Sequim business burglarized, police investigating

Coastal Farm & Ranch was burglarized early Friday morning. How… Continue reading

Abortion ruling leaves access unaffected in state

Peninsula healthcare providers respond

OMC vows full ER staff on July 1

PESI to dissolve as new group takes over

Most Read