News & Updates

New school construction Open House on October 25

Wondering what our new elementary schools will look like? Come to our Open House on October 25th and take a look at the preliminary designs. Schematics of the new schools at Lexington and Wallace will be up in the Kelso High School Commons on Thursday, October...

Olympia-based FORMA Construction Company to Build Elementary Schools

We've selected Olympia-based FORMA Construction Company to be our General Contractor/Construction Manager (GCCM) to build the first two of our three new elementary schools. On September 11, a committee from the district interviewed two finalists from the bidding...

Designing the future

Design Advisory Committees have been meeting with the architects in August and September to create schematic designs for Wallace Elementary and the new elementary at Lexington. After their final meeting later this month, we'll have some drawings to show the community....

Making room to move and grow

When we asked the community for their thoughts on improving our schools, traffic flow was a concern that came up enough to become a priority. One of the ways we're working on that is by purchasing 7 properties around Wallace Elementary and 4 around Butler Acres...

Planning our work so we can work our plan

Earlier this week we had a preliminary meeting with contractors interested in building our new elementary schools at Wallace and in Lexington. Gary Schimmel, Facilities Supervisor and Project Manager led the meeting to give the contractors a better understanding about...

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...

How the Hilanders are like the Seahawks, Huskies and Cougars

With all the excavating going on at Schroeder Field, you may be wondering why they're moving so much dirt to put in a synthetic turf. What does it take to lay down some artificial grass, anyway? A lot, actually. Steve over at FieldTurf put the process into three steps...

We’re breaking ground

Work has begun to put in a new turf at Schroeder Field. The process from start to finish takes six to nine weeks, so there's plenty of time to come by and watch the progress. Here's what the fabulous new field will look like when it's done.

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...