In 2015, every Ferndale School District building was inspected and given an Information and Condition of Schools (ICOS) score, which provided an assessment of each building’s physical condition. Building age is one of the many factors that go into determining an ICOS score. Any score below 62 is considered poor.
Below are the active district school buildings that were rated “Poor.”
|School Building||ICOS Score|
|Ferndale High School Vocational Building||41.65|
|Ferndale High School 600 Wing – Old Main||42.95|
|Ferndale High School 400 Wing||44.06|
|Custer Elementary School||44.83|
|Ferndale High School Gymnasium||48.03|
|Ferndale High School 500 Wing||48.16|
|Ferndale High School Auto Shop||49.42|
|Beach Elementary – Lummi Island||51.40|
|Windward High School/North Bellingham||54.31|
|Vista Middle School||56.31|
Starting with these ICOS scores, the Bond Task Force worked with School District Staff to determine which school repairs and equipment upgrades had the highest priority. Some repair needs were obvious, such as water leaks, while other needs, such as upgrading/modernizing equipment, will reduce annual maintenance costs and save money in the long run.
During these discussions, it became obvious to the Bond Task Force that renovating the old buildings of the current high school campus would not be an efficient use of taxpayer funds. As every building on the high school campus requires extensive repairs and equipment upgrades, the Bond Task Force also determined that removing the majority of the high school campus from the maintenance list would also enable the school district to better address the needs of our elementary and middle schools.
To address the most critical, Priority 1, maintenance needs, the Bond Task Force added $4 million to the bond proposal. Below is the list of Priority 1 repairs and equipment upgrades, as of March 2018. If more urgent maintenance needs don’t arise, this is the likely list of projects that will be completed after the bond is approved.
|Conversion to Digital Data Control system and upgrades to HVAC field controls and other mechanical systems at Central, Custer, Eagleridge, and Vista||$1,200,000|
|Repair Brick Facade at Custer||$800,000|
|Repair Leaks and Reseal Masonry at Skyline||$600,000|
|Replace Heat Valves at Vista||$300,000|
|Conversion to Digital Data Control system and upgrades to field controllers at Skyline||$300,000|
|Vista Roof Repairs||$200,000|
|Custer Roof Repairs||$150,000|
|Central Roof Repairs||$150,000|
|Upgrade Global HVAC Controls at Central, Eagleridge, Cascadia, Horizon, and District Admininstration Building||$100,000|
|Replace 18 Hot Water Tanks (15 years or older)||$100,000|
|Upgrade Fire Panels at Eagleridge, Central, and Horizon||$60,000|
Security and Safety Improvements
Additionally, if voters approve this bond request, numerous Security and Safety Improvements are also planned for every school district building. A list of the proposed upgrades can be found by clicking here.
Want to Learn More About the Bond Task Force process? Click here.