Ridgeline High School Construction
Web site: www.rhs.cvsd.org
Principal: Jesse Hardt
Address: 20150 E Country Vista Drive, Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Architect | Contractor | Process: ALSC Architects | Garco Construction | Design-Bid-Build
Groundbreaking Ceremony: August 29, 2019
Construction Period: March 2019 - August 2021
Dedication: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
School Opens | Students Move In: September 2021
Sq Ft: 242,466
Student Capacity: 1,600
Total Completion Cost: $98.2 million estimated construction from 2018 construction bond and state construction match
Key Features: 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.
New Name - Ridgeline 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.
CVSD selected the site between Country Vista Drive and Sprague Avenue 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
- 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
VISION: A Focus on Our Future
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, a new high school became the best solution.
Several years before the 2018 construction bond, 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.