Tuesday, June 18, 2013
WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla School Board on Tuesday will consider a accepting a committee report to build a new Lincoln High School on its current site.
The board will meet at 4 p.m. at school district headquarters at 364 S. Park St. The meeting is open to the public.
Lincoln High School, one of two in the district, is geared as a smaller alternative to Walla Walla High School. Lincoln serves about 150 students; many have struggled to thrive in a larger, more traditional school setting. Lincoln students are overwhelmingly low income, but have made academic gains through the years thanks to smaller class sizes, access to social services, and a more nurturing environment.
The school is located in a three-level brick building that was once an elementary school and built in 1927. The facility is in serious need of upgrades.
The Lincoln High School Community Facilities Study Committee was called to answer whether the school should remain at its current location, and whether the old building should be remodeled or built new.
The committee surveyed Lincoln teachers and staff as part of its study. Eighteen responded, almost all saying the school should remain at its current site between Fourth and Third avenues just north of Chestnut Street. Staff were split, however, on whether to remodel or rebuild the facility.
Nine of the staff surveyed supported a new building, while eight supported remodeling. The priority, however, seemed to be on staying at the current location because of its access to social services.
Tuesday’s meeting will include an action item to consider acceptance of the Lincoln High School Community Facilities Study Committee report.
The board will also hear reports from the superintendent and on the Blue Ridge Health Center update and review for 2012-13.
Consent agenda items include a personnel report with any new hires or resignations; out-of-state travel requests for the month; extracurricular contracts; accounts payable; the May financial report; minutes of the June 4 board meeting; and the 2013-14 Head Start/ECEAP Program calendar.