Photography by Nickayla Hodges, a Senior at Kelso High School
FORMA Construction has been busy out at the Lexington site. They've been excavating existing soil; bringing in, grading and compacting gravel; and installing aggregate piers to stabilize the ground. Pretty soon they'll bring in stormwater and sanitary sewer utilities...
As construction on the new state-of-the-art Lexington Elementary School building begins, we're looking to students and staff to help construct the school’s personality. The district is opening up the opportunity for students in grades 6 through 12 and all district...
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...
- 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.