District to Purchase Building for Skill Center Branch Campus
Superintendent Authorized to Acquire Property and Hire Architect Team
The Central Valley School District Board of Directors has authorized Superintendent Ben Small to waive contingencies and move forward to acquire a site to house Spokane Valley Tech, a branch campus of the NEWTECH Skill Center. The building is located at 10722 East Sprague and will be purchased for $1.75 million.
Serving as the host district, Central Valley is collaborating with East Valley School District, Freeman School District and West Valley School District to establish Spokane Valley Tech. The branch campus will provide exciting, expanded educational opportunities for career and college readiness beyond what is available in high schools or the NEWTECH Skill Center core campus, located in north Spokane.
Offering rigorous, high-quality programs designed to meet the current and emerging needs of high school students and regional employers, Spokane Valley Tech may be open to serve students as early as January 2013.
The 51,540 square-foot building is a former Rite Aid site. A portion of the building (21,586 SF) is occupied by the West Valley School District’s Contract Based Education (CBE) program. The remainder is vacant and in shell condition. The building was recently appraised at $2.36 million. The building’s structural, mechanical, environmental, financing and permitting have been reviewed and found acceptable in order to move forward with the branch campus project. The site is ideal for its centralized proximity to collaborating school districts as well as the Valley Transit Center.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to establish and strengthen partnerships with businesses and future employers,” explained Superintendent Small. “We’ll be connecting kids to the careers and vocational occupations they are considering through internships, job shadowing and hands-on programs. Spokane Valley Tech will offer flexible program and schedule options in growth occupations for students in the Spokane Valley.”
A concurrent, collaborative planning effort is underway to identify the programs of study to be offered at Spokane Valley Tech. Aerospace manufacturing, sports medicine, cosmetology and fire science are among the programs being considered. A steering committee will make final recommendations on program offerings by June 1.
The Central Valley School Board has also approved the hiring of Architects West as the architect team for Spokane Valley Tech. Architects West was selected by a collaborative team from a field of five firms who submitted proposals by the March 9 deadline.
Financing for the building purchase and tenant improvements will come from the sale of $3.25 million in non-voted bonds to be issued by Central Valley School District. The bonds would be repaid by revenue generated from per pupil (FTE) state funding and lease revenue from current tenant West Valley School District, making this a cost-neutral initiative.
Construction is expected to begin in mid-August. Spokane Valley Tech will be fully-operational and open to students for the 2013/14 school year.
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