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Facilities Update, Oct. 2018: Central Kitchen, Sehome and Gordon Carter Environmental Education Site

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear Families and Community,

I want to share an update on the work we’re doing and progress we’re making on our capital projects and school facilities. These improvements and rebuilds are possible thanks to the support of our local voters who passed our bonds in 2013 and 2018.

Our new Central Kitchen, located at 2005 Alpine Way in the Irongate neighborhood off Bakerview Road, is nearing completion and should be done by Oct. 31. We are eager to begin delivering on our Good Food Promise to “encourage a lifetime of healthy eating by preparing and serving students nourishing, delicious, whole foods.” By early 2019, we will be able to provide more healthy scratch-cooked meals for students. The new Central Kitchen will have state-of-the-art equipment including space for receiving; dry, freezer and refrigerated storage; cooking and vegetable preparation; blast chilling; as well as a training/conference room, offices and restrooms. See our progress here and learn about our design team here.

Central Kitchen

Forest School is a new program for third graders that we’re starting this school year at the Gordon Carter Environmental Education Site. This new field trip is a cooperative program between our district and North Cascades Institute. Well water rules changed recently, which will allow us to resume plans to add infrastructure for student learning and outdoor experiences at the Envir Ed Site, including potable water, electricity and a septic system. Design work will start this year, and we plan to begin both infrastructural improvements and construction of a new large group facility in the summer of 2019.

Forest School

You may remember that back in June we announced we were targeting early completion for the new Sehome High School building. We are still ahead of schedule, and our plan is to move staff and students into the new school at semester break in January. This is no easy task, and I want to give kudos to our contractor Dawson Construction, and recognize Dykeman Architects, all of the subcontractors, and our staff, including the staff at Sehome and our capital projects and school facilities team. The new synthetic turf baseball field will be done by early November, and the rest of the Sehome site (including parking lots and other turf fields) will not be complete until fall of 2019, which is consistent with our original timeline. You can see photos of our progress here or watch our work zone web cam.
Sehome high school

Other quick updates: We continue to examine options for district office improvements, including getting an appraisal for a potential new site. Our Alderwood Design Advisory Group and Parkview Design Advisory Group met last spring, and we’re currently working with the city and county on some complexities around land use. We are still on target to complete Alderwood, Parkview and Sunnyland rebuild projects by fall of 2022. Click here to see a complete list of ongoing capital projects.

Greg Baker