Bond- Lopez School Renovation Project

This page will provide the latest information on the Lopez School Bond Project. The most recent entries will be at the top of this page.

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Week 1 Demolition

District Office

June 2016-- The Renovation begins!

Jesse helps to relocate the District Office to the Elementary Special Services area for summer 2016.
Dumpsters ready for action.
Workers staying on site for summer.

February 2016

Here are some images of projected finished areas of the school.

Secondary School Entrance (Click on image for larger view)
Elementary School Entrance Elementary School Entrance (Click on image for larger view)
Multipurpose Room View 1
Multipurpose Room View 2
Culinary Room
Pod Center Elementary
Secondary Hallway

September 29, 2015

The Lopez Island School Board approved the pre-Schematic Design plan presented by TCF Architecture and the Robinson Company.

September 28-29, 2015

TCF and the Robinson Company met with faculty and staff to review plans and take suggestions.

PDAT meeting Sept. 28, 5:30 pm

June 11, 2015

Agenda and Minutes

June 4, 2015

Agenda and Minutes

May 6, 2015

Agenda and Minutes

April 15, 2015



April 9, 2015

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for
Professional Consultant Services

March 26, 2015- Meeting #3



Sustainability Worksheet

Other notes and diagrams

March 12, 2015 Meeting #2



February 18, 2015 Meeting #1 Kickoff

The first meeting of the PDAT was held from 3:00-8:00 at Lopez School.

Link to PowerPoint shared at that meeting.

Meeting Notes.

Future Meeting Schedule

January 14, 2015

The Project Design Advisory Committee has been formed. The first meeting will be held February 18, 2015.

Members of the PDAT are:

Bree Swanson, Student
Brian Auckland, Principal/Superintendent
Brian Fitzgerald, Architect
Carol Steckler, Community member
Cheryl Harlan, Classified staff
Dave Sather, Administrator
Denny Jardine, Maintenance/Facilities coordinator
Georgeana Cook, Community member
John Helding, Board director
Kathy Booth, Certified staff
Kirm Taylor, Community member
Lorri Swanson, Certified staff
Patsy Haber, Board director
Paul Henriksen, Community member
Kathryn Kester, Certified staff
Russel Barsh, Community member
Teri Linneman, Classified staff
Tina Katzenberger, Community member


December 11, 2014

Bond Sale

On Dec. 11, Lopez Island School District sold $9.6 million of school renovation bonds for a lower-than-expected interest rate, resulting in a significant reduction in borrowing costs from pre-sale projections.

With strong demand and an end-of-year low in school bond yields, Lopez School District locked in an overall interest rate of 2.6 percent, below the 3-plus percent originally estimated. As a result, while keeping to the same incremental property tax mileage rate of 31 cents per thousand of assessed value, the district was able to achieve a 15-year repayment term. In other words, with no increase in the annual cost to taxpayers, the bonds will be fully paid five years earlier than had been expected.

“We are so appreciative of Decatur and Lopez voters for supporting this major investment in our school and kids. At the same time, we are thrilled to have locked in an interest rate and cost to property owners that is significantly lower than we had estimated prior to the election,” stated board chairperson John Helding.

Lopez School District was assisted by the underwriting firm of Piper Jaffary & Co. in Seattle. In addition, the district was pleased and appreciative that Islanders Bank was a vital participant in the sale purchasing a portion of the renovation bonds to add to its investment portfolio.

With this major milestone completed, the renovation project continues forward. Currently the district is soliciting interest for community member positions on the Project Design Advisory Committee as well as requesting qualifications from parties interested in the critical project manager role. Information on how to apply for either position is on the Lopez Island School District webpage:

December 3, 2014

Project Design Advisory Team

The Lopez School District is taking applications for the Project Design Advisory Team. Click here for link to description of responsibilities and application.

Deadline: December 22, 2014

Due to mixed communication release dates and possible confusion about the Lopez School facility renovation Project Design Advisory Team (PDAT) applications, the deadline for application has been extended to the first review now being DECEMBER 26.

If you are interested in possibly serving on this important advisory team, helping to advise about the Lopez School facility renovation project, please see earlier postings about the PDAT, or go to the school website at, or contact Superintendent Bill Evans at 468..2202 or


Project Manager RFQ

Click for description and requirements for Project Manager for the Lopez School Renovation Project. Application deadline: January 9, 2015

December 1, 2014

Outline of plans for Renovation Project

In this Holiday season, Lopez School District wishes once again to share its gratitude for the community’s generous support of the school with the passage of the School Renovation Bond.  We have a lot of exciting work ahead. In service to that effort, this will be the first of an ongoing series of community communications providing project updates as well as opportunities for community involvement.

Two items for immediate attention are the formation of the project design advisory team, and a call for project manager applicants.

The project design advisory team is an integral part of the design process and brings together students, faculty, school staff, and community members to advise the district and project professionals on the overall renovation effort.    The team will be similar in composition and operation to the successful budget advisory committee which worked with the school this past spring.   Three to five community member positions need to be filled.

The District invites individuals to visit the school website for further information on the work and on how to submit your interest in possibly serving.  Submissions are due December 22  (revised to December 26).  The group begins its work in mid-January for an approximate one year period.  Team members will need to available throughout that time period and have flexible schedules allowing them to participate in a number of day-long workshops.   Details on the role of the team members, schedule and time commitments are posted on the school website.    

The second critical role needing to be filled at this time is the Project Manager, or Owner’s Representative.   This position is critical to managing such a large and complex program.  The role is also required by the State of Washington to meet State construction requirements and for the project to be eligible for any state matching funds that may become available.  Posted on the school website is a detailed “Request for Qualifications.”  Interested parties are welcomed to review that request.  Applications are due at the school district office by January 9, 2014 at 5 pm.

In other project news, the overall schedule has been set.  As mentioned above, the programming and design process will begin this January.  Facility items needing immediate attention (likely including the septic system) will be worked on this upcoming summer.   Design, construction documents, permitting, bidding, and construction startup will continue through the beginning of 2016.  Major renovation construction will begin June 2016, continue in phases throughout the following school year, and will be fully completed in August 2017. Renovating an operating school requires a sophisticated ballet of project phasing, likely some temporary portable classrooms, and a longer construction period.

Again, the students, families, and staff of Lopez and Decatur Schools so greatly appreciate the community’s support.  This will be a lengthy and involved project, but the outcome will be a revitalized facility that can best support the ongoing education of our youth.  As always, you can contact Bill Evans, Superintendent, at 468-2202, about this project.



Thank you for passing Bond

THANK YOU, Lopez and Decatur communities, for your vote of support and approval of the Lopez School capital projects bond. With this approval, the District will now begin the work of addressing the much needed repairs, renovations, and updating of its aging facilities.  Our commitment to the community, and to our students and staff, is to not only bring the facilities up to safety, health, and code standards, but to also bring the facilities up to current educational standards – creating facilities that support and inspire our students to excel.

We will begin planning immediately for our next steps, including developing a design process engaging a project advisory team that includes community, staff, and students, as well as beginning the process of developing an overall timeline. We are committed to spending wisely, these precious resources entrusted to us, and we will not forget those voices that have expressed concerns about how we will accomplish this project. We will continue to do our best to address those concerns and, with the help of project professionals, work prudently to manage this significant and complex endeavor.

We will also work to keep the community advised and involved throughout the project. As a first step, there will be a special board meeting on Monday, November 10, at 5:30 PM in the school library, at which the Board and school team will roll up their sleeves and begin this multi-year effort. All are invited to attend.

Your support of our students, staff, and families, is an inspiration. The positive energy in the school hallways and classrooms is palpable, and much gratitude is being expressed for this vote of support and belief in our Lopez Schools. Thank you for your involvement in this issue, for making this major contribution, and for all you do in helping our community, our village, to raise exceptional young people!

John Helding, School Board Chair

Bill Evans, Superintendent


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