BELLINGHAM - Local families interested in the rebuild of Happy Valley Elementary School will have a chance to share their thoughts at a public meeting Monday, July 21.
The meeting will run from 6 to 7 p.m. in room nine at Happy Valley Elementary, 1041 24th St.
Members of the Happy Valley educational specifications/design advisory committee will share a project update and get input on the committee's proposed site and building plan, including the location for the new building, entrances and exits to the site, and parking.
The recommended location for the new school is to the east of the current school, with car access from 24th Street. The school's three to five buses would access the site from Mill and 27th streets.
The committee, which includes staff, parents and community members, has met eight times since it formed in April and hosted a public input meeting.
The group's educational recommendations to the superintendent include using natural light, creating clusters of learning areas (or classroom neighborhoods) throughout the school, having a welcoming entrance and outdoor learning spaces.
The Happy Valley rebuild is one of several projects being paid for with money from a bond passed by voters in 2013. The district plans to get bids for the rebuild early next spring, with construction scheduled to begin next summer and be done in summer 2016.
The current school will remain open and occupied during construction.