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Sequim schools committee looking at infrastructure

October 10th, 2013 - 5:56am

(Sequim) -- A growing population in Sequim has caused the school district there to take a hard look at the infrastructure of their schools.

From elementary schools up through the existing high school, district officials have pointed to a number of issues that need to be addressed should the Sequim population continue its trend of an expanding and younger population base.

Sequim Schools Superintendent Kelly Shea wanted to establish community feedback for input on any future school improvements.

That led to the formation of a special committee of Sequim residents who are charged with formulating a needs assessment to present to the school board.

Sue Ellen Riseau of Sequim, is one of the co-chairs of the committee.

She says that the committee is still hard at work gathering information and coordinating with B-L-R-B Architects, a Tacoma firm that specializes in school designs.

Riseau has found a helpful partnership with the city to provide population growth trends.

That provides the committee with accurate information on which to base their recommendations.

The building and campus designs of many Sequim schools are not conducive to the safety concerns that are on the minds of parents, teachers and administrators.

The committee is working on solutions for those concerns, as well as other issues associated with a new or re-designed building.

Riseau hopes that the 15-member committee will be ready to make a presentation to the school board before the end of the year.

Another forum for community input is scheduled for October 30th at 6:00 PM in the Sequim High School library.

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