School Facility Efficiency Review

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School Facility Efficiency Review Committee

The Olympia School District recently conducted a re-examination of its future enrollment expectations, and new forecasting suggests that the district will decline in enrollment in the years to come. As it strives to maintain its high level of service to children and families, the school board is seeking advice from its constituents regarding this challenge.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

In addition to the information and resources on this page, we also have a list of Frequently Asked Questions that is updated regularly as questions are raised by the community.

 


 

Possible Board Action on School Consolidation April 25, 2024

The Olympia School Board is scheduled to possibly take action on school consolidation during its regular board meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2024.

 

While the board does not vote/take action during a work session, Board President Hilary Seidel asked directors during the January 29, 2024 work session (view Zoom recording) if any of them objected to the superintendent's recommendation, made on January 25, 2024, to postpone possible action until April 25, 2024. Hearing none, she said the board calendar item would be updated to reflect the April 25 date for potential board action on school consolidation.

The superintendent recommended that the school board move the date for potential action to April 25 to allow more time for the board and community to review a revised and more focused written analysis, posted on the OSD website on January 24, 2024, of the board’s proposal to consider Madison and McKenny elementary schools for consolidation/closure. The revised and more focused analysis incorporates and supplements previously published analyses and makes the relevant information more accessible to potentially affected community members. Additionally, moving potential action to April 25 gives more time for the board to better understand the implications of any legislative funding changes, and for the district to work with labor partners and school leaders.

 


 

Update January 11, 2024

 

 


 

Committee Background

 

 

Meeting Dates

The committee met eight times (from September 25 -  November 1, 2023). Meeting summaries and related data are posted below:

 

 



Committee Facilitator

Shannon Bingham, of Western Demographics, Inc. based in Colorado and Washington state, will lead and facilitate the school facility efficiency review process. At the June 22, 2023 Olympia School Board meeting, Bingham shared about his experience assisting school districts with this type of work and provided a snapshot of the work ahead in this community. He recently met with district leaders and toured the school district to get a firsthand look at OSD facilities.

 

 


 

Policy 6883: Written Analysis Report & Appendices

 

Recent Reports/Resources

  • Community Solutions Work Session (Zoom recording Thursday, March 7): Please contact Nicole Gonzalez, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, for the information presented. Community submissions can not be posted on our website as some did not meet the necessary district accessibility requirements.