Construction Questions and Answers
On February 14, 2017, over 19,000 Shoreline and Lake Forest Park voters authorized the rebuilds of Einstein Middle School, Kellogg Middle School, and Parkwood Elementary School and endorsed the construction of a new Early Learning Center for pre-school children. This capital project bond passed with a nearly 73% approval rate. While the facade of the current Parkwood is well maintained, we were selected for replacement due to the condition of our building and the ned to increase elementary classroom capacity for growing enrollment in the district.
Working in close collaboration with a Design Advisory Team that represents Parkwood and Shoreline communities, the DLR Group has been selected to lead the architectural and engineering components of the construction project. Through an open and competetive bid and proposal process, DLR was selected because of their extensive school construction experience, commitment to prioritizing student learning in all aspects of the design process, and dedication to authentically involve stakeholders in the development of our new building.
The Design Advisory Team and DLR will systematically collaborate to ensure that stakeholder feedback is included in the design of our school. This process will include site visits to new and innovative local elementary schools, public meetings where community members can learn and provide feedback, and regular updates to the district website.
You can see who is on Parkwood's Design Advisory Team by clicking a link to your left.
While the design and construction processes are exciting, our daily work with kids is our priority. Student learning will remain at the heart of everything we do. While we are building for the future, we are invested in the present and will ensure that each and every Parkwood Panther has an experience fully based in our core values of Community, Collaboration, Academic Excellence, and Respect for Human Differences. We are committed to every learner, every day!
School principals serve as the instructional leaders, facility managers, safety coordinators, campus supervisors, community liaisons, and daily directors of their community's school. During a design and construction process, they are deeply involved in developing a facility that represents the optimum learning environment for generations of future learners. To ensure that existing learning and operations continue to run seamlessly, schools often hire temporary administrators to provide day-to-day continuity and operational support.
To achieve this continuity, Jennifer Eklund has been selected to serve as Parkwood's half-time Assistant Principal for construction support. Jennifer has a lengthy tenure in the Shoreline School District, having served in a variety of roles ranging from classroom teacher to Dean of Students to substitute principal. Jennifer and Ann (Parkwood Principal) are a great and energetic team committed to supporting Parkwood students, staff, and communities through the duration of this construction project.
Community meetings will be publicized on our home page. You can also leave a note in our office, or email Principal Ann Torres. Your feedback is important!