With school wrapped up for summer, teachers at West Valley’s Summitview and Apple Valley elementary schools are packing up their classrooms in preparation for their schools’ demolition and replacement.
By the end of June, both campuses should be cleared out completely, said Eva Lust, principal at Summitview. Over the summer, equipment and portable classrooms will be moved to the West Valley High School freshman campus, where the roughly 660 students from both elementary schools will be stationed for the next two years while new elementary schools are constructed.
In early August, teachers are expected to begin setting up grade school classrooms at the freshman campus before the start of school, Lust said.
Freshmen will attend classes at the West Valley High School campus, just west of the freshman campus on Zier Road and 96th Avenue, during the two-year construction period.
The temporary move of students and teachers comes after a February vote approving a 20-year, $59 million bond measure that will be matched with $12 million in state funds to cover the construction of new buildings at the Summitview and Apple Valley school campuses.
The current buildings have become outdated and overcrowded, according to school officials. Summitview is at 104 percent capacity with 337 students enrolled, while Apple Valley is at 150 percent capacity with 347 students, according to the district.
By October or November, demolition of the two elementary schools should be underway, project manager Rob Gross of the CBRE/Heery development company said during a community forum Monday. Construction on things like sidewalks and utilities is expected to begin by late February, ahead of the two new 550-capacity K-5 replacement buildings being erected.
The district is weighing three schematic designs — or rough sketches — of the two buildings, which will be identical to one another. Architect Matt Whitish of Design West laid out the pros and cons of each campus proposal during the public meeting.
The first option is a long, narrow campus design with a two-story classroom wing. Special education classrooms in this plan would be on the first floor down the hall from the classroom wing, bundled near the cafeteria, gym and library.
Whitish said a long corridor for classrooms in this design would provide perfect visibility, which would help with security and teacher supervision.
But he emphasized that this option would leave little space for a fire lane or future classroom expansion on the Summitview campus if enrollment were to continue swelling, because of a hill on the site.
On the Apple Valley site, however, this design would allow the school building to be pushed northwest, away from neighboring houses, he noted.
A T-shaped second option would keep special education classrooms within the classroom wing, which again would be stacked in two stories.
In this design, the main entrance would guide visitors to the administrative office on the left or the gym on the right. Down the hall to the left, they would find the library on the right before entering the classroom wing.
Whitish noted that this would be a better fit for public use after school, with easy access to the gym and library without classroom access.
He said the plan fit much more easily on the Summitview site, allowing for future expansion and easily making space for a fire lane without running into the hill. On the downside, he said, the east side of the Summitview campus was close to neighbors.
The third option is the most compact campus, allowing for the most buffer space on each property, Whitish said, allowing for future expansion.
T-shaped classroom wings on each level would provide less visibility than either of the former options, and the special education program would have its own wing close to administration and the main entrance.
In this plan, the gym would be to the right off of the main entrance, while the library would be upstairs through a nearby stairwell.
Plans and feedback
Each campus proposal includes two separate parking lots: One lot would be for buses and teacher parking, while another would be for student drop-off and parent parking.
The sites are expected to have two separate playgrounds, splitting age groups. The district has yet to determine whether these would be on separate portions of the campus or simply separated by a small fence.
Further district updates and visuals of the schematic designs can be found on the district construction planning site, wvbuildingourfuture.org. Feedback on the facility proposals and education specifications — or goals for the two buildings — will be accepted through the end of the week by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through an online feedback form with visuals of the three proposals on the planning website, wvbuildingourfuture.com.
The next community forum on the buildings is scheduled at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 9 in the West Valley High School library.