The more than two dozen members of the task force that has been investigating every nook and cranny in the Methow Valley School District has put together a list of needed upgrades and maintenance and tentative priorities for attention.

Members of the community are invited to two open houses where the task force will present its findings and initial lists of priorities and invite comments from the public.

The open houses are at the Methow Valley Elementary library on Saturday (May 17) from 10 a.m. to noon, and Monday (May 19) from 6 to 8 p.m.

The families, community members, students and staff on the task force took a three-and-a-half-hour tour of school facilities last month—including Liberty Bell High School and Methow Valley Elementary School, the Independent Learning Center, the bus garage, athletic fields, and even unused spaces in the buildings, according to Methow Valley Superintendent Tom Venable.

The group has focused on four areas—transportation, technology, teaching and learning, and maintenance and grounds. They have also spent time learning about how school facilities are funded and the process of bringing bond and levy measures to the voters, said Venable.

The task force will make final recommendations to Venable and the school board in June, including the approach to funding. Either a bond or levy would most likely come before voters in the fall.