It’s been less than two years since voters approved our facilities bond in Nov. 2013, and it’s incredible and exciting for our kids, staff and community to see so many physical changes at our schools.
Lowell Elementary School’s addition was fully opened to students on Aug. 26 for the first day of school. Lowell’s new gymnasium, cafeteria, kitchen and music class/stage are just beautiful. We’re working hard to finish the school’s elevator to ensure accessibility for all. The official community unveiling for neighbors, staff, students and families is at 3 p.m. on Oct. 8, and all are welcome. You can expect student-led tours, refreshments and a warm welcome. If you’re curious to see the school’s progression, I recommend watching a time lapse video here.
We’re celebrating a milestone at the site of the new Happy Valley Elementary School: walls are up! Our Happy Valley students, staff and community have been watching with great interest as crews build, dig, stack, lift and lower a variety of materials to ensure a new school is ready by Aug. 2016. We broke ground in June 2015, and since then, there’s been a flurry of activity, which you can watch here (time-lapse movie button on right).
Across town, construction workers are working on building Parkview a new cafeteria, kitchen and music classroom/stage. You can watch the progress of this project, as well. Can you tell I’m digging these facility cameras?! Of course, I encourage everyone to see this work in person, but it’s a great tool to watch our progress from anywhere.
And I don’t have time-lapse movies to share for Options or Sehome high schools… yet!
We’re on target to finish planning for our new Options with our Options High School Educational Specifications/ Design Advisory Committee by the end of this school year. Construction is slated to begin in June 2016. You can see the committee’s visioning and recommendation for the new school’s design and function. It’s been powerful to see and hear current Options students who won’t likely experience the new facility offer reflective input on the behalf of future students.
Please watch for a variety of ways to help with big picture visioning for both our new Sehome High School and food services program in preparation for the Central Kitchen. This fall is ripe with opportunities to be involved and provide input on both processes, which are large in scale and scope. Because of their size, we want thorough and thoughtful planning processes for both projects. Our target date to have both Sehome and Central Kitchen (which will be on Sehome’s campus) complete is in the Fall of 2019.
We’re so appreciative to our community for its ongoing support in providing safe facilities that support the work of The Bellingham Promise.