This bond measure dates back to 2008, when current and former students; employees; parents; and community, agency and business leaders came together to help Vancouver Public Schools craft a new strategic plan. That plan, called Design II, prioritized prekindergarten education, high-quality teaching, digital technology tools, family involvement, safety, positive school climates and programs that help students discover their unique talents and interests.
While VPS has made gains in those areas during the past eight years, the district’s existing facilities do not accommodate all of the goals outlined in the plan. For example, lack of space due to overcrowding prohibits some schools from fully establishing Family-Community Resource Centers to increase family involvement and support families. In other schools, space constraints mean that not every interested student can participate in certain programs.
The plan to replace, expand or upgrade every school in the district has been developed over the past two years with what’s best for students in mind. Thousands of people—students, parents, family members, employees, board members, volunteers, community members and district partners—have provided input through numerous surveys, meetings and open houses.