The Dayville School Board of Directors will take public input Jan. 8 on whether or not to move forward with a facilities improvement bond measure in the May election.

Superintendent Kathryn Hedrick told the Eagle a needs assessment was completed by Straightline Architects of Boise, Idaho, and a school facilities committee composed of local volunteers has met to discuss the company’s recommendations to the board.

The district learned in September that it had qualified for a state school facilities one-to-one matching grant up to $2 million. The school board canceled its December meeting, so no hard number has been reached on what the district might request in the bond measure, Hedrick said.

The school campus includes seven buildings on 4.6 acres on a hill overlooking town. The high school building, visible from Highway 26, was built in 1924. The elementary school and gymnasium were built in 1953.

“While the district and its community has always been conscientious about maintaining safe classrooms and work spaces, simply the age of the buildings make it necessary to consider these substantial improvements,” Hedrick said.

Dayville School currently has 46 students, 6.5 full-time equivalent teachers, one administrator, two confidential employees and 11 classified workers, Hedrick said.

According to Straightline Architects, enrollment reached a high of 92 students in 1995 and 1996. They forecast 10- to 16-percent growth in the next 20 years, although enrollment fluctuated on average only 1.3 percent since 2009. District population was 423 in 2010 and is expected to reach 434 in 2020.

Hedrick cited significant plumbing issues in the kitchen, which serves nearly all the students in the high school cafeteria. The roof of the 94-year-old building has several layers of asphalt shingles covered with metal, and the weight has caused it to bow in places, Hedrick said.

The arching laminated-wood beams supporting the gym are splaying, which could cause pieces of the ceiling to break loose and the roof to leak, Hedrick said.

While Straightline’s facilities assessment report recommends replacing the 9,728-square-foot gym at a $3.8 million cost, the district plans to apply for a seismic-upgrade grant from the state to address structural issues in the building. Straightline’s estimate to remodel the gym is $1.5 million.

The architects’ long-range facilities plan groups building issues into four main categories:

• Deferred maintenance issues include parking lot paving; replacing roofing, soffit and facia on all buildings; masonry work on all buildings; replacing all windows and reopening the gym windows; replacing carpeting and floor covering in all buildings; refinishing the boys and girls showers and making repairs to the locker rooms; and caulking and repainting the exteriors of all buildings.

• Safety and security issues include reconfiguring the main entrance to the high school and remodeling the reception area so people don’t enter through the cafeteria; installing instant lock-down and security camera systems; lead and asbestos abatement; demolishing and reconstructing the high school’s front entry on the steep north slope; extending perimeter fencing; and covering exterior stairways.

• Building system recommendations include installing energy-efficient LED lighting; upgrades to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; improved ventilation to the locker rooms; replacing the hot water tank in the elementary building; and installing automatic irrigation for the playground and sports fields.

• Accessibility recommendations include a new ADA-compliant rest room in the high school; ADA upgrades to other rest rooms; moving the weight-lifting equipment off the stage to a wing attached to the gym; remodeling the kitchen and replacing equipment; resurfacing the track; and new bleachers and nighttime lighting for the football field.

In their facilities assessment report, Straightline recommended remodeling the 6,710-square-foot high school at $666,000 and remodeling the 6,291-square-foot elementary school at $281,000. The cost to remodel the other buildings is estimated at $46,400. The cost to upgrade the athletic fields would be $215,000.

All told, Straightline estimates the cost to make its recommended building improvements at $3.7 million.

Community input is sought at the school board meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 in the computer lab.

Richard Hanners is a reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. He can be contacted at rick@bmeagle.com or 541-575-0710.

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