Snoqualmie schools turn to focus groups for next facilities push

Before Snoqualmie Valley School District can put another capital bond on the ballot, either for a new elementary school or a high school remodel, the school board wants to hear from the residents. Community input is being gathered through a series of focus group meetings arranged by district staff.

In the focus group meetings, residents are asked their opinions on various proposals the board is considering for a rebuild of Mount Si High School and other bond options the board has discussed, such as a replacement middle school for Snoqualmie Middle School, which will be taken over by the high school this fall, or the construction of a new elementary and middle school.

Following the first meeting of 53 people on May 1, the board discussed the outcomes and possible changes to make. At the May 9 school board meeting, both board members and community members called the focus group "a good start," and made recommendations for changes. One person also proposed inviting everyone from all the schools to the focus groups, to ensure that all voices were heard.

Currently, those invited to the focus groups are based on recommendations from board members and administration. Each board member, for instance, is asked to invite five people to each focus group.

A second meeting was held May 22, and the next is scheduled for May 28. The school board hopes to have five meetings before making a final decision on running a November bond. The deadline for adding items to the November ballot is the day of the primary election, Aug. 6.


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