New educational spaces are either under construction or in the planning stages in several suburban Pierce County school districts this year.
Students and staff at Evergreen Elementary on Joint Base Lewis-McChord are scheduled to move into their new $39.4 million school in January.
Exterior siding and interior walls were being painted over the summer, and internal finishing work including tile flooring and carpeting work was also underway, along with installation of an elevator. The new building covers more than 99,000 square feet.
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The Clover Park School District received a grant from the Department of Defense to rebuild Evergreen, the sixth and last of the JBLM schools to be rebuilt
Clover Park operates schools on the military base, but the federal government largely finances the school buildings. Most dated from the 1950s and 1960s before being rebuilt.
Construction began this summer on a 12-classroom addition to Shaw Road Elementary School.
By providing more instructional space, the project will help the school reduce class sizes. Smaller primary grade classes become a state requirement with the 2017-18 school year. The Shaw Road project, which also includes a new roof and mechanical upgrades, is expected to be completed by next fall.
The $8.9 million project isn’t part of the $292.5 million bond package voters approved in November 2015. Instead, the Puyallup School Board transferred money from the district’s general fund to its capital fund to pay for the Shaw Road addition.
Several projects are in the planning and design phase in the Sumner School District, where voters approved a $145.6 million bond measure in February.
Valley Early Learning Center will include four preschool and 11 or 12 kindergarten classrooms when it opens in the fall of 2018 on the campus of Sumner Middle School. Construction is scheduled to start this spring.
A new elementary school will be the second elementary in the growing Tehaleh development. Plans call for a 50,000-square-foot school to open in fall 2018. Construction is scheduled to start this spring.
Renovation and expansion plans are underway for Sumner High School. The project will include additional classrooms, an expanded commons and improvements to the cafeteria, library, gym, band facilities and restrooms. Planning and pre-design are expected to continue through April.