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School advisory groups will make recommendations

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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The leaky roof at Mountain View Elementary, ancient water heaters at Oakland Bay Junior High and the dearth of power outlets at Shelton High School are among the deficiencies that could be targeted for improvements in a building bond put before Shelton School District voters in February 2017.

Advisory committees will be established at all seven schools in the district to come up with recommendations for the proposed bond, said Superintendent Alex Apostle.

The district's building summary report for 2014-15 rates each of the building and lists its deficiencies.


Evergreen Elementary was built in 2003. The district gave it a score of 90 percent, or "good," on its 2014-15 building summary report.

The listed deficiencies are minor. They include exterior doors that need repainting, ductwork that needs to be cleaned, and a large moveable wall that divides the gym that does not work well.


The original 13,236-square-foot section of Mountain View Elementary was built in 1955. A 6,225-foot addition was constructed in 1969, and another 7,436 square feet were added in 1970 and 178 feet in 1988.

The building received a 57.64 percent rating, or "poor," in the district's 2014-15 building summary.

According to the report, the building is plagued by "excessive heat fluctuation, insufficient air flow, insufficient heat." The roof leaks and is poorly insulated.

The plumbing and electrical systems are described as "vintage." In the report, an engineer recommended that the building would benefit from a complete replacement of the HVAC system.

The lighting systems do not have daylight or motion detection controls.


The original building at Bordeaux Elementary was constructed in 1955, with modernizations and additions in 1959, 1968, 1979, 1989 and 2003.

The building was given a score of 84.55 percent and listed as in "fair" condition in the district's building summary report for 2014-15. The deficiencies include damage from leaking water.

"Staff reported that there are a number of spaces in the building that are always cold," the report states. "The piping and the pumps associated with the boiler and heating system have some leaks that need to be repaired."


The 78,137-square-foot building was constructed in 2004. The district rated the structure at 83.35 percent, or "fair."

"There have been a few areas of isolated water intrusion reported," the district's report states. "These may be due to flashing or caulking conditions to windows."

Like many of the schools, the electronic safety and security system was deemed "dated."


The 83,990-square-foot building was constructed in 1990. The district rated it at 67.84 percent, or "fair."

The district noted that "seismic design requirements have changed significantly since the original construction."

The roof has had many leaks and repairs, the report states. The clay tiles on the roof are fragile and are subject to damage from freezing and thawing.

"Roofing should be replaced with a more regionally appropriate material," the report states.

The water heaters are more than 20 years old and the circulation pipes are leaking. The main electrical room is overly hot and is not receiving adequate ventilation. The school has window blinds that can't be opened or closed.


The CHOICE High School building was constructed in 1948. The district gave it a condition rating of 51.45 percent, or "poor."

The alternative high school is inside the former high school building.

"It is not apparent whether the concrete foundations are adequately reinforced to today's code standards Due to the age and construction of this building, it is anticipated that there is not adequate anchorage between the floor framing system and the exterior bearing walls to resist seismic/lateral forces required by today's code," the district report states.

The building's deficiencies include a leaky roof that allows excessive heat loss, an old plumbing system, outdated electrical services and distribution and no vented hood over the dishwasher in the scullery. Like many of the district's building, it does not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.


Shelton High School was built in 1972. The campus features 18 buildings on 38 acres.

The district gives the complex a 59.61 percent grade, or "poor."

Among the deficiencies are vintage heat pumps, an obsolete electrical system in the theater, inadequate insulation in the library and cafeteria/kitchen and a lack of resources for computers.

"Quality and location of power is not adequate for today's technology and equipment needs," the district report states.

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Original Publication Date: March 10, 2016

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