Bond Update: Ferndale School Board Sends Bond Package to Ballot
Quote from School Board President Kevin Erickson:
“First, I want to extend sincere thanks to the Ferndale Community Bond Task Force on behalf of the entire School Board,” said Ferndale School Board President Dr. Kevin Erickson. “I am excited to announce that the School Board has adopted the full suite of Task Force recommendations and we plan to refer the package to voters for consideration in November. The Task Force group brought us a very thoughtful, cost-efficient package with the added benefit of an Oversight Committee. The Board believes strongly in citizen oversight for Bond planning and spending. We are confident in the recommendations we received from the Task Force and look forward to discussing the proposal with voters in advance of the November election.”
Community members step up to help the district develop a bond package aimed at upgrading aging facilities
March 7, 2018 Full Task Force Meeting
February 26, 2018 Full Task Force Meeting
February 21, 2018 Communications Subcommittee
February 13, 2018 Recommendations Subcommittee
February 12, 2018 Full Task Force Meeting
January 31, 2018 Full Task Force Meeting
January 17, 2018 Communications Sub-Committee Meeting
January 9, 2018 Full Task Force Meeting
December 13, 2017 Recommendations Sub-Committee Meeting
December 5, 2017 Full Task Force Meeting
November 30, 2017 Communications Sub-Committee Meeting
November 15, 2017 Full Task Force Meeting
Bond Task Force members held their second meeting at Ferndale High school. Members are tasked with representing voices from the community, looking at the needs of the school district, studying and becoming informed about the educational program and facilities, and providing a recommendation to the school board on what should be included in the 2018 bond package.
At the meeting, members reported out what they are hearing from community members, they heard a presentation on the district's educational philosophy from district Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn. Assistant Superintendent, Mark Deebach, provided a report on facilities capacity and district enrollment.
Prior to the meeting, task force members toured the Ferndale High campus.
October 24, 2017 Full Task Force Meeting
On Tuesday, October 24, more than 40 enthusiastic volunteers came together in the Ferndale High School Library to begin a discussion about the November 2018 bond measure. This group has agreed to serve as the Bond Task Force.
As part of our bond development plan, we are seeking input from the community about which projects they think the school board should include in the bond package. The Task Force is weighted toward community members, since they have been an historically underrepresented voice. All meetings are open to the public, and anyone can attend.
In addition to the Task Force, we will be providing multiple opportunities for citizens and staff members to stay informed, ask questions, and make suggestions. One such communication tool will be a bond website, which we intend to launch before the end of the calendar year. The website will contain schedules, photos, pertinent documents, notes from task force meetings, and general updates to help everyone stay abreast of the bond work as it progresses. Once the website is complete, a link to it will be available from our district webpage.
Upcoming Task Force Meetings
- Monday, February 12, 2018 Full Task Force Meeting at Cascadia Elementary School
- Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Recommendations Sub-Committee Meeting at Horizon Middle School
- Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Communications Sub-Committee Meeting at District Office
- Monday, February 26, 2018 Full Task Force Meeting at Ferndale High School Library
- Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Presentation to School Board (6051 Vista Drive, Ferndale, WA)
- Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Full Task Force Meeting at Windward High School
All regular Bond Task Force meetings will take place from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Locations for February meetings are listed above. All Task Force meetings are open to the public.
The purpose of the Task Force is to seek input about what the School Board should include in the bond package they put before voters. The Board has stipulated that Ferndale High School should be a major part of the package, but other projects are under consideration. The Task Force needs to complete its work and make a recommendation to the School Board by the end of March 2018.
For more information about the proposed bond and the Bond Task Force:
Superintendent Linda Quinn, 360.383.9207, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Superintendent Mark Deebach, 360.383.9203, email@example.com