Photography by Nickayla Hodges, a Senior at Kelso High School
The rain stopped just long enough for us to commemorate the groundbreaking of our new Lexington Elementary with a true Northwest sky backdrop. Families walked, drove and rode their bikes to join the celebration. Members from our construction team (which includes...
After more than a year of planning, construction on the new Lexington Elementary School is beginning. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 18th where the new school, which is actually the second Lexington school, will start going up. The...
A team of folks from our district, FORMA Construction and ESD 112's Construction Services Group (CSG) went door knocking in Lexington today to inform neighbors about the start of construction on the new Lexington Elementary. In the course of delivering 200 door...
- 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.