Public hearing, open houses scheduled

We’re holding a public hearing and two open houses to invite the community to share their thoughts on a proposed change in construction plans for replacing aging elementary schools. (Read more about that here.) The public hearing will be held Monday, December...

Finalizing plans for CTE classroom updates

The KHS CTE (career and technical education) team has had several planning meetings with the project manager and architects for some much needed updates to the CTE classrooms. They’ve been developing schematic designs to better align with future trades and...

Considering Plan to Combine Two Elementary Schools

Due to a combination of unanticipated conditions that are causing costs to be higher than originally predicted, we’re considering combining two of the three new elementary schools into one larger school at the Lexington site. Along with the unprecedented rise of labor...

Thanks for your input!

We had a great time showing the initial designs for the new elementary schools at Wallace and Lexington sites. Thanks for coming out and sharing your thoughts with us.

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...

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...