Photography by Nickayla Hodges, a Senior at Kelso High School
Painting a room seems pretty simple, and with the right tools doesn’t take very long. But before the brushes and rollers come out, there’s a lot of critical prep work that needs to be done. Like moving furniture, masking molding and fixtures, spackling nail holes, and...
We took a look at a few more schools in Tacoma last week to get additional function and design ideas for the three new elementary schools we'll be building. With the great work of the Ed Spec team, notes from the open house, and several great school examples in...
As we begin the design work for our three new schools, and all the work we’re doing to improve the learning environments for our children, we’ve created some guiding principles to follow.
- Replace with new 450-student school on current site
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Beacon Hill is currently over capacity with 500 students and eight portable classrooms. To fully modernize this school would cost more than to replace it. And with approximately $9 million in state matching funds, project costs are offset. Building a new school will:
- Eliminate 8 classrooms in portables
- Support growth in west Kelso
- Enhance school security and safety by combining spaces and eliminating separated building structures.
- Eliminate severe traffic and parking issues