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...

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...

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...

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...

Our Guiding Principles

As we begin the design work for our three new schools, and all the work we’re doing to improve the learning environments for our children, we’ve created some guiding principles to follow. Here they are: Provide integrated and flexible teaching and learning...

Wondering where we’re at with the new school designs?

We’re designing our three new elementary schools (replacing Beacon Hill, Catlin and Wallace) and would love to share the progress we’ve made so far and get your input. We welcome your thoughts on: facility use safety and security community resource uses...

Designing our new schools

In April, we began the search for an architectural and engineering team to design our three new elementary schools for Beacon Hill, Wallace, and the new school in Lexington.  After interviewing three firms, Integrus Architectural of Seattle was selected. To help...

We sold two-thirds of our bonds

On April 26th, we sold $65,000,000 in bonds as part of the $96.6 million capital improvement bond approved by voters (thank you!) on February 13th in the 2018 special election. The sale gives us the money to begin moving forward on the three elementary school...