"For Sale" signs come down at three old Tacoma schools

Staff writerMarch 13, 2014 


Willard School in Tacoma is shown in this photo from Dec. 16, 2009.

DEAN J. KOEPFLER — Staff photographer file, 2009

Three Tacoma school buildings got a new lease on life Thursday night from the Tacoma School Board.

The board approved pulling off the market three old school buildings that had been closed and put up for sale.

McKinley and Wainwright elementary schools were both closed at the end of the 2010-11 school year as a cost-saving measure. The old Willard School site, on D Street, overlooking Interstate 5, had closed earlier.

Both McKinley, on the city’s East Side, and Wainwright, in Fircrest, were placed on the surplus property list in August 2011. Willard was already on the school district's "For Sale" list by then.

With passage of the $500 million school construction bond in 2013, the district has promised to rebuild Wainwright. The current timeline calls for construction to begin in 2016.

McKinley will be used as a so-called swing site, to house students displaced from other schools during upcoming modernization and replacement projects being financed by the bond.

Willard will be the new home of the district’s ChildFind program, which offers free screening clinics aimed at early identification of children with disabilities.

Debbie Cafazzo: 253-597-8635

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