• Review the standard elementary level educational specifications for the 鶹ý Public Schools that apply to all new elementary schools in the district which were developed during the spring of 2018. These specifications are used to describe the district’s elementary school program; and
  • Recommend possible revisions to the elementary level educational specifications due to specific program requirements associated with Roosevelt Elementary School; and
  • Following the completion of the elementary educational specifications, review and provide feedback on schematic and design development drawings for the Roosevelt Elementary rebuild project.

Basis for Establishment: 

  • Prior to designing a school, a complete and accurate description of the desired educational program, instructional activities, as well as the functional, spatial and environmental needs related to the school must be established. This detailed description is referred to as educational specifications. Educational specifications help clarify and direct the scope of work and design requirements for the architects, engineers, and other professionals working on the building design and site plan.

Decision-Making Process: 

  • We are a recommending body to the Superintendent.

Plan of Work and Timeline:

  • The committee will work with the architects on the educational specifications and design elements related to the school.
  • Work on the educational specifications will begin in January 2024 and continue through the spring 2024.
  • Initial joint meetings with the Carl Cozier Elementary Education Specifications & Design Advisory Committee to review the standard/district wise educational specifications that apply to all new elementary schools in the district.
  • Subsequent Roosevelt only meetings will focus on site/building specific unique items associated with the new Roosevelt Elementary.
  • 4-6 meetings (2 hours each) are anticipated.
    • Meetings will be held on Thursdays from 2-4 PM. Feb. 22, Feb. 29, Mar. 7, May 2, May 16, May 30
    • Evening Community Meetings; dates and times TBD
    • Additional meetings as necessary; dates and times TBD


  • Beth Kelley, parent/community member
  • Emma Dingus, parent/community member
  • Julia Brim-Dillon, parent/community member
  • Andrea Dunkin, staff member
  • Myca Cuevas, staff member
  • Kelli Nickisch, staff member
  • Chris Wermus, staff member
  • Jennifer Hanley, staff member
  • Tom Gresham, Director, Teaching and Learning
  • Robert Munson, Facilities supervisor, Facilities and Sustainability
  • Lindsay Ahrens, Assistant Director Food Service
  • Debbie Haney, Assistant Director Early Childhood & Family Engagement
  • Analisa Ficklin, Director, Special Education
  • Jessica Sankey, Chief Operations Officer
  • Andrew Forhan, Communications Technician Specialist
  • Isabel Meaker, Executive Director, Family Engagement
  • Greg Verbarendse, Assistant Director, Technology
  • Russ Robinson, Safety & Security Management
  • Peter Gill, City of 鶹ý, Parks & Recreation
  • Brent Baldwin, City of 鶹ý, Public Works
  • Sara Ullman, City of 鶹ý, Planner II
  • Blake Lyon, City of 鶹ý, Planning Director
  • Seth Vidana, City of 鶹ý, Climate & Energy Manager
  • Shannon Millican, Whatcom Family YMCA, Elementary & Teen Program Director
  • Andrew Krzysiek, Zervas architects
  • Amy Zimmerman, Zervas architects
  • Shannon Darnell, Zervas architects
  • Jed Ballew, Zervas architects
  • Curtis Lawyer, Director, Capital Projects
  • Brian Smart, Capital Projects Manager
  • Julie Denton, Executive Administrative Assistant, Capital Projects
  • Co-chair Aaron Darragh, Roosevelt principal
  • Co-chair Jeff Coulter, Principal on Special Assignment


  • Regular meeting attendance
  • Respectful and collaborative interactions with committee members

Budget Implications:

  • Provide substitutes for staff as applicable.