Photography by Nickayla Hodges, a Senior at Kelso High School
After reviewing community, staff and student input, the Kelso School Board announced the name and mascot of the new elementary school being built in the Lexington neighborhood at the Monday, May 20, board meeting. Of the three options forwarded to the board in March,...
Wonder what your new schools will look like? Join us for a virtual tour and see the blueprints come to life. Lead architects from Integrus Architecture will lead the tour, showing what the schools will look like outside and inside. Members from Integrus, Kelso School...
Exciting news: we’re gearing up to start construction on the new elementary at Lexington. More exciting news: we want your help naming the school, choosing a mascot, and picking school colors. Our three-step process begins with YOU. Submit your suggestions by March...
- 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.
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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.
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.