Construction of Ridgeline High School - CVSD's New Comprehensive High School
Ridgeline High School rose to the top because it fits the geographic characteristics of the area. “It is a powerful name that represents the beauty of the views of the hills surrounding the school site to the north, south, and east,” states Jesse Hardt, the new Ridgeline High School Principal.
CVSD Board President Cindy McMullen, who participated on the committee asserts, “I love that Ridgeline combines the beauty of the location with the element of strength that Central Valley schools – especially our high schools – are famous for.”
The 14-member committee consisted of the board president, principal, parents, students and teachers. Eryn Lewis, an eighth grader from Greenacres Middle School that participated on the committee adds, “The name Ridgeline High excites me because I had a small part in choosing it and it is something new and important. My favorite part about the name is that it reflects the beauty of our surroundings and our community. I believe that Ridgeline High will be an amazing school!”
Principal Hardt concludes, “The name, Ridgeline, gives this new school community the best opportunity to create our own culture and tell our story.”
What happens next? A new mascot and school colors will soon be chosen so that the distinct Ridgeline High School community identity can continue to take shape.
New Location for New High School
CVSD selected the site between Country Vista Drive and Sprague Avenue at the future Henry Lane just west of Henry Road as the site for its third comprehensive high school, Ridgeline. This location will ensure our commitment to a fall 2021 school opening, reduce construction costs, and provide better traffic and neighborhood access. In our 2018 school construction bond, we promised to build practical functional schools on time and on budget. This site allows us to keep that promise and it's only 0.8 miles from the original site, which had some unforeseen challenges.
New site benefits include:
- Provides significant cost savings in construction
- Keeps our promise to open the new high school in 2021
- Provides a visible, centralized location with improved traffic and neighborhood access, including good traffic flow on and off Country Vista, separated bus and parent traffic, and 945 parking spaces with parking adjacent to sports fields
- Includes more cost-effective sewer and water access
- Minimizes impact to surrounding neighborhoods
- Includes more space for athletic fields and future growth
Adopted Ridgeline High School Student Transition Plan:
Traversing the Traffic Topic
With the addition of a third comprehensive high school, traffic would be reduced at the existing high schools.
CVSD is committed to a safe site for our students and residents, and will continue to do its due diligence to ensure traffic and other impacts can be mitigated.
CVSD will continue to evaluate mitigation outcomes, listen to our residents, be fiscally responsible on behalf of our taxpayers – and most importantly – do what is best for our students.
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Focus on Our Future
Thanks to Central Valley voters and the passage of the 2015 construction bond, CVSD was able to effectively address challenges at our elementary level and two middle schools. Now with the passage of the 2018 construction bond, plans are focused on secondary education, with plans for a third comprehensive high school, a new middle school, and the renovation of Horizon Middle School.
A third comprehensive high school was envisioned more than 37 years ago, when the district purchased property for that purpose on Henry Road. Now, with current high schools being overcrowded by more than 1,000 students – and more expected – a new high school has been confirmed by the community through Thoughtexchange as the best solution to solve this issue.
Over the past few years, our Capital Facilities Planning and High School Advisory Committees gathered more than 9,000 collective community thoughts through Thoughtexchange on three focused areas: overall district facility needs, the vetted solution to overcrowding (a third comprehensive high school), and most recently, the desired programming for all high schools.
These thoughts guided the creation of the February 2018 bond package to solve our district’s most urgent needs—without raising the tax rate. “We heard directly from the community: ‘We want a new high school to address overcrowding, without raising the tax rate’,” said Superintendent Ben Small. “We provided this solution: The timing of the 2018 bond was such that it did not increase the tax rate.”
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Current Students, Current Capacity, & Projected Enrollment*
We’re a growing district! We currently serve nearly 14,000 students in 27 schools and learning centers across 80 square miles.
- The current high schools were each built for 1,600 students and projected enrollment for 2021 is 4,492—1,292 students more than the current capacity. (see graph)
- A new comprehensive high school would increase capacity by 1,600 students.
- Projected middle school enrollment in the fall of 2020 is 3,580 students. The current capacity is 3,145 students—435 students more than the current space.
*Enrollment projections by FLO Analytics 2017. These projections are updated every fall.
Ridgeline High School Quick Facts
Principal: Jesse Hardt
Address: 20150 E Country Vista Drive, Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Architect | Contractor | Process: ALSC Architects | TBD | Design-Bid-Build
August 29, 2019
Construction Period: March 2019 - August 2021
August 29, 2019
School Opens | Students Move In:
Sq Ft (Increase): 241,500 (241,500)
Student Capacity (Increase): 1,600 (1,600)
Total Completion Cost: $102 million estimated construction from 2018 construction bond and state construction match
Brand new school including upgraded safety/security, direct day light/windows in every classroom, new classroom furniture, new parking lots and on-site traffic flow.