Educational Adequacy

  • As part of the facility planning process, each school building was analyzed for educational adequacy relative to core academics, elective academics, physical education, support spaces, and overall facility and site functionality.

    The district planning team supports:

    1. Parity: The District started this process by identifying overall goals for each school that would provide parity and equity relative to resources available at each site. The goal is to create a continuity of experience District-wide.
    2. Maintenance: Buildings are at a tipping point where deferred maintenance, if ignored any longer, will cause significantly increased future costs.
    3. Capacity: Provide relief for the elementary schools that are already at or beyond capacity and accommodate future anticipated growth as well.
    4. Safety: Seismic risk assessment was taken into consideration as part of the planning process and evaluation of best use of the existing buildings. Secure vestibules, added cameras, card reader access and perimeter site fencing has already been completed.
    5. HV: The District has many issues with heating systems overall.
    6. Technology upgrades needed: Improve technology, particularly at elementary school teaching wall where it hasn’t been upgraded to date.
    7. Parking / Site circulation issues: Revise inadequate, dangerous parent and bus loops, provide more parking where needed.
    8. ADA Restroom / Accessibility upgrades needed: Support the requirements of the ADA and upgrading facilities throughout the District.
    9. Core Spaces: The core spaces need to be functional. We noticed inadequate or outdated cafeteria space and gym spaces.


    Some of the recommended future changes include the following:

    • Significant renovation / addition to Sandy Grade, including demolition of 1952 addition and restoration of historic building.
    • Addition of classrooms across the district to address capacity needs.
    • Addition of Gymnasium to Naas Elementary (currently not existing).
    • Addition of Cafeteria at Firwood and Kelso Elementary Schools (currently not existing).
    • Enlarging cafeteria at Welches School.
    • Significant addition to Boring Middle School, to provide a Commons, updated Media Center and replace the ‘Old Gym’ with an updated facility.
    • Replacing or repairing failing mechanical systems.
    • Upgrading the interior finishes.
    • Improving parking.

    These items will be finalized through additional community outreach and communication.