Catlin Elementary / Lexington

Photography by Nickayla Hodges, a Senior at Kelso High School

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Some work before the work

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...

Making more school visits

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...

Our Guiding Principles

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.

Proposed Budget

$35,460,000

Proposed Improvements

  • Repurpose Catlin Elementary School for other district and/or community activities or sell property.
  • Build a new school in Lexington for 600 students to accommodate growing enrollment and class size reduction.

Tell me more

The functional and physical condition ratings of Catlin are the poorest of all our schools. Half the school was burned to the ground in the late 1970’s, and replaced with inadequate modular construction. The school no longer serves as a residential school for the overwhelming majority of students who attend Catlin, and deals with severe parking and traffic flow issues.

In order for the school district to receive the state match for the Lexington site ($11 million), we are required to pull one school off-line for non K-12 use. Possible future uses of Catlin include early learning and preschool programs; partnerships with other community and social service agencies; relocation of school district operations; or, because it’s in a commercial area, it could be sold.

Proposed Plan for New Elementary School in Lexington

The property was purchased as part of the last facility bond in order to meet growing student demand in Lexington.  Approximately $11 million in state matching funds will be used to offset project cost.