At a special meeting last Thursday the West Linn City Council supported their Planning Commission's decision to approve the School District's application for a conditional use permit to rebuild Sunset Primary School. The School Board, on Monday night, approved the awarding of the contract bid for the construction of Sunset Primary to Triplett Wellman Construction. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new school will be held at 9:15 a.m. this Thursday morning. We thank all who have been involved in and supportive of each of the processes necessary to move this vision toward reality.
We are proud to host a Ground Breaking Ceremony for Meridian Creek Middle School to be held on Friday, June 3rd at 4:00 PM. Meridian Creek Middle School is one of the major projects supported by the 2014 construction bond and is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2017. Please join us for this exciting event!
On April 14th the West Linn Planning Commission voted to approve the application for a conditional use permit for the rebuilding of Sunset Primary School. On May 23rd and 24th the West Linn City Council considered an appeal to the planning commission decision. Late on the evening of the 24th the Council voted to deny the appeal and uphold the Planning Commission's decision to approve the application with one condition. When the Council met on May 26th to sign for the final decision, new language had been introduced to the condition and the Council could not agree to sign. The District has graciously granted a continuance allowing the council to meet again on June 2nd where we are optimistic that they will finalize their May 24th vote upholding their Planning Commission's decision to approve our application.
Superintendent Message: Sunset Primary School Bond Update:
We have received a number of questions related to the Sunset Primary School Bond Project so I wanted to take the opportunity to provide an update and information.
On April 14, 2016, after several meetings, The City of West Linn Planning Commission approved the Sunset Primary School Conditional Use Permit. The document issuing the final decision and findings of the Planning Commission can be found on our website at: http://www.bond.wlwv.k12.or.us/
On April 28th several Sunset residents under the name of "Save Our Sunset Park" appealed this decision to The West Linn City Council who have scheduled a public hearing on May 23 & 24, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.
The appellant has shared concerns that the construction of the new school will ruin Sunset Park, cause serious harm to trees, create flooding and activate landslides in the area between the school and I-205.
The facts and findings actually indicate that with construction of a new school in the Sunset neighborhood adjacent to Sunset Park, the entire area will be revitalized, enhanced, and increase safety for both public education and for recreational opportunities and enjoyment. Renderings of the future site can be found on our website at: http://www.bond.wlwv.k12.or.us/cms/lib8/OR01001812/Centricity/Domain/1994/Renderings%20March%2029%202016.pdf
The City Parks Department has already begun planning to enhance the recreation amenities in Sunset Park in cooperation with residents and the neighboring Sunset School. The new school will have a new improved and expanded playground and equipment that will be available to students each day and public use during non-school hours.
The site will also have a new large sports field for school play and community athletics for youth softball, baseball, soccer, etc. Finally, the site will have a new parking lot for 88 vehicles that will be available for school and community/park activity.
District engineers and geologists, in agreement with City Engineers, agree and assure the storm water management facility will generate less run-off, no flooding from the development, and downhill soils will actually be more stable. Further, a team of arborists conclude that trees will not be impacted and will be preserved into the future.
Overall, the development and construction of the New Sunset School in relation to a revitalized Sunset Park will greatly enhance the safety and livability of the Sunset area.
For more detailed information we have prepared a Q&A document that can be found at: http://www.bond.wlwv.k12.or.us/cms/lib8/OR01001812/Centricity/Domain/1963/Sunset%20QA%205-12-16.pdf or please visit the Sunset Project website at: http://www.bond.wlwv.k12.or.us/
Progress continues on our construction bond projects with work lining up to begin this summer on Meridian Creek Middle School, the 700 Building renovation at West Linn High School, and the addition of Music and Drama program space at Wilsonville High School. Planning continues to progress for the Sunset Primary School project as well. We anticipate a groundbreaking ceremony for Meridian Creek sometime in May or June!
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM Bond Team Internal Meeting
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM New Schools Furniture Meeting
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Meridian Creek Construction Meeting
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Meridian Creek Public Improvements Construction Meeting
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Sunset Construction Meeting
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM Bond Team Internal Meeting