Midway High on the move in Oak Harbor
By NATHAN WHALEN
Whidbey News Times Staff reporter
June 1, 2010 · Updated 4:20 PM
Starting sometime in the fall, students participating in Oak Harbor’s alternative high school will attend classes in a new location.
Oak Harbor School District officials recently outlined their plans to move the Midway Program, currently located on Midway Boulevard in portable classrooms across the street from Oak Harbor Elementary School, to the school district’s Administrative Support Center on Oak Harbor Street.
Assistant Superintendent Lance Gibbon said that the students and staff associated with Midway Program overwhelmingly support the move.
“It’s a much nicer facility than the portable they occupy on Midway,” Gibbon said.
The first floor of the ASC provides students with more space and a more professional environment. The ASC location is also closer to the high school, provides easy access to Island Transit bus stops and has better parking than the spot on Midway.
The Oak Harbor School Board approved a $10,000 moving budget during a recent meeting. The budget funds modifying the lower level of the ASC to accommodate Midway students and to separate it from the district’s Science Center, which is where the science kits used in school classrooms are refurbished. The Science Center is currently operating out of two portable classrooms at the former Clover Valley elementary school.
Room became available at the administration building because HomeConnection and Head Start are moving to the converted Clover Valley facility.
Moving the Midway program is one of several changes coming to the district’s maintenance and bus facility next to the old stadium site. The maintenance and information technology departments are slated to move to Oak Harbor High School when renovations to the circular, former C and D wings are complete. Once those departments move, only the transportation services will remain at the Midway facility across the street from Oak Harbor Elementary School.
Gibbon said a survey was conducted about the condition of school district facilities and it found the maintenance and transportation facilities were in the most need of upgrades.
He said a plan hasn’t been developed yet about the ultimate future of the Midway Boulevard facility.Contact Whidbey News Times Staff reporter Nathan Whalen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5058.