5300-R1 - Procedures for Review of School Building Usage

Adopted
4/7/80

Revised
2/28/84
4/14/87

The following steps shall be completed prior to recommendation to the Board of Directors by the superintendent to close or change the use of a school:

  1. A written summary shall be prepared containing an analysis of the effects of the proposed school closure or change of use including proposed changes in attendance boundaries, if applicable. The written summary shall be completed at least ninety (90) days prior to any final decision by the Board as to any school closure. During this ninety (90) day period, copies of the written summary shall be available to members of the public at the district's administrative offices and at the affected schools.
  2. During the ninety (90) days prior to any final decision by the Board regarding a proposed school closure, the Board shall hold at least two (2) public hearings to receive comment on any issues relating to the proposed closure. If multiple school closures are proposed, a separate set of hearings shall be held for each proposed closure. The first hearing shall be held at least sixty (60) days prior to any final decision regarding closure; the second hearing may be held on the date scheduled for the Board's final decision. Additional hearings may be scheduled at the discretion of the Board. Notice of each hearing shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the area where the school subject to closure is located. Such notice shall be published one each week for two (2) consecutive weeks prior to the hearing, with the second publication occurring no less than seven (7) days prior to the hearing. Such notices shall be in substantially the following form:

    "NOTICE OF HEARING ON PROPOSED SCHOOL CLOSURE
    The Board of Directors of Edmonds School District No. 15 is considering closure of (name of school), located at (address). A written summary analyzing the effects of the proposed school closure has been prepared; copies of this summary are available to members of the public at the district's administrative office and at (name of affected school).

    The Board will conduct a public hearing regarding the proposed school closure at (time) on (date) at (location and address). All members of the public are invited to attend and present their oral or written views on any issues relating to the proposed closure. Written comments may also be submitted to the Board of Directors, c/o Superintendent, 20420 68th Avenue W., Lynnwood, Washington, 98036."
  3. The Board shall consider oral or written public comment received in timely fashion. The final determination on proposed closures shall be made at the sole discretion of the Board.
  4. This procedure does not apply to:
    1. the closure or change of use of any building or other facility owned by the school district which is not currently being used for instructional purposes; or
    2. the closure of any school for emergency reasons as identified in RCW 28A.41.170 (2) (a) and (b); or
    3. the temporary closure of any school for renovation/remodeling when students are temporarily relocated to another school.
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