The Methow Valley School District is looking for volunteers to serve on a new facilities task force, which will help gather information to propose a plan to the district for needs and upgrades to the district’s facilities.

The task force will evaluate areas including the maintenance and grounds of the school campus, transportation needs (school buses and motor pool), technology, and facilities and equipment needed for classroom instruction, according to Methow Valley School District Superintendent Tom Venable.

The task force will solicit input from all members of the community, including teachers and staff, students and their families, and the public.

The new task force will absorb a committee that has focused on facilities needs in recent years—primarily more urgent situations—and will be charged with looking at the larger picture of district facilities.

Ultimately the task force will propose a Facilities Improvement Plan for the superintendent and school board to review.

The task force, chaired by community members Erik and Sarah Brooks, will get started in early April, to have time to gather input and come up with a list of priorities, with the possibility of asking voters to support a levy or bond issue on the November 2014 ballot, said Venable.

The district anticipates six meetings of the task force. The first is Thursday, April 17, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., in the Methow Valley Elementary School library.

Individuals interested in serving on the task force should contact the district office at 996-9205 or email Venable at by April 11. People may also provide comments or suggestions about facilities needs and concerns.