Sneak peek: Virtual tour of your new schools!

Wonder what your new schools will look like? Join us for a virtual tour and see the blueprints come to life. Lead architects from Integrus Architecture will lead the tour, showing what the schools will look like outside and inside. Members from Integrus, Kelso School...

One-year bond update

At this time last year, Kelso citizens overwhelmingly voted to approve a construction bond and educational levy to improve the learning experience for our students.  We are so thankful for the support and generosity of our community, and continue to work diligently to...

Lake Wilderness tour

Last week, a small team traveled to Tahoma School District for a tour of Lake Wilderness Elementary School. The school has 940 students — 800 K-5 and 140 pre-K. The team was there in time to see the morning arrival of nearly 200 drop-offs and 13 buses. They met...

Open houses and FAQs

After realizing we needed to make some changes to our construction plans, we started asking for input from our Kelso community. So far, we’ve held a public hearing, an open house, and our Superintendent Mary Beth Tack, along with Executive Director of Business...

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...

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...

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...