The Facilities Planning Committee was established in the fall of 2023 as an advisory to the superintendent to prepare recommendations to the Lynden School District Board of Directors toward a proposal for the next bond election.
The Facilities Planning Committee met with the board on January 26, 2023 for a work session to discuss the Facilities Planning Report that was prepared after a series of meetings took place. Those meetings included discussions regarding building conditions through a review of the most recent State Study and Survey. From that report, two facilities planning groups were created- a Bond Planning Task Force and a Long Range Facility Planning group.
As a result of the work done by the Facilities Planning Committee, a Bond Planning Task Force was created. An invitation to serve on this committee was sent to community members on March 13, 2023 with the objective of achieving representation of the diversity in our community. Through a series of meetings, the Bond Planning Task Force gained a full understanding of priorities and thoughtfully planned for capital spending to address current needs and those necessary to support continually improving educational practices and student services in Lynden School District. A summary of each meeting is posted below.
Following the conclusion of their work, the group presented the 2023 Bond Planning Task Force Report to the Board of Directors on August 10, 2023.
A group of six community and staff members participated in a series of meetings starting at the beginning of 2023 with the intent to provide an inventory of current capital facilities and identify future school capital facility needs. Factors discussed and taken into consideration were student enrollment projections and building capacity in relation to facility needs. Following the completion of their work, the group presented a Long Range Facilities Plan to the Board of Directors on July 13, 2023. This document will be used as a working document to guide district decision-making and provide clarity on the need for funding of future facilities and maintenance of current facilities. The document will be reviewed annually and modified as needed to take into account any residential development that occurs, updated enrollment projections, and any unforeseen needs.