Photography by Nickayla Hodges, a Senior at Kelso High School
How much money will go into the new Huntington Middle School? This major modernization has a budget of $30.1 million and includes: Replacement of all major MEP (mechanical/HVAC, electric, plumbing) Office relocation and new school entry Second gymnasium Significant...
With the anticipated opening of the new Lexington Elementary and subsequent closing of Beacon Hill and Catlin Elementaries, Kelso School District is reviewing proposed boundary changes. The suggested changes would impact approximately 1,000 students (or 20 percent)...
We're very excited to announce the winning design for the mascot of Lexington Elementary. Meet Lex, drawn by Chris Erickson, IT Support Specialist. In addition to Chris’ computer skills, he is a very talented artist who draws every day. Lex is friendly, strong and...
- 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.