School district looks to upgrade crumbling facilities

"Central Kitsap High School, Cottonwood Elementary School and many other schools in the Central Kitsap School District have already reached or exceeded their life expectancies. Upgrades to the district’s facilities have been an ongoing battle. A group of community members, working closely with CKSD maintenance and operations personnel, are now tackling the problem.Roof repairs, masonry and window resealing, along with boiler pipe replacement and other infrastructure problems, are among the projects that made the summer 2000 preliminary project list for the school district, compiled by the district’s Facilities Advisory Committee.“It took several months to do what we did and we have more to do,” said Bob Fojtik, a community member on the committee.Members of the committee, along with district personnel, updated the CK School Board on its progress during the board’s Oct. 27 meeting.“We are no better or no worse than any (other Kitsap County school district),” said Dean Jenniges, a member of the facilities advisory committee member. Jenniges told the school board that conditions are “overwhelming in some schools.” The facilities advisory committee used several factors to determine what projects to tackle next summer. First it identified short-range, low-cost, high-priority projects for early completion. They were also prioritized by available and anticipated funds.Roofs were labeled as a “big ticket item” by members of the committee. Currently, rooves at Cottonwood, CKHS, Seabeck Elementary and Fairview and Central Kitsap junior highs are undergoing repairs. Also, additional lighting on the Olympic High School campus is being installed.Repairs have already been completed at Seabeck elementary, where a generator was installed and a potentially hazarduous chimney was removed. Esquire Hills received a new gym floor, Brownsville had some windows replaced and sidewalks were repaired at Cottonwood, Green Mountain and Cougar Valley elementary schools.Members of the facilities advisory committee stressed that their report is preliminary. “I think there have been several plans at any given point,” said Dirk Gleysteen, the district’s director of operations. “The question is, what are the most pressing needs? The key is to have an articulate plan to know where we are and where we want to go.”The projects currently slated for next summer would cost an estimated $7.6 million. The estimated budget is $8.2-million with $418,607 used for projects completed last summer. That estimate leaves $209,000 left over for cost overruns or other unforseen problems."

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