Bond projects are heating up

Graham Fire brings the heat to the new BHS property

Before we can build the New Bethel High School near 224th and 70th, there is an old house on the district-owned property that needs to come down.

Instead of knocking it down, the district invited Graham Fire & Rescue to use the house for training, which they have been doing since January.

In February, students from the Pierce County Skills Center’s Fire Science class joined the firefighters for training in the house.

At the end of this month, the training will come to an end when Graham Fire will burn the house to the ground on February 27. This will help pave the way for the new Bethel High School to be constructed. That school is set to open in the fall of 2023.

The Value Engineering Report for the New Bethel High School was recently completed by Roen Associates. The nearly 300-page document reviewed the architect’s design and made recommendations for cost avoidance, cost verification and added value proposals. This report is required in order to get the new BHS project on the list for state matching funds.

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The Elementary #18 Open House drew dozens of community members who got to see some of the first architectural drawings of the school.

The district recently hosted an open house for Elementary #18 at Clover Creek Elementary. Staff, parents and community members were in attendance to get their questions answered about the new school. Elementary #18 is set to open in the fall of 2021, and this spring will see the start of construction for the much anticipated project.

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A poster at the Elementary #18 Open House showed that Waller Road will be widened with the addition of a middle lane in front of the school’s main entrance.

The School Board has been busy working alongside our Construction Department to keep the ball rolling on many of the upcoming bond projects.

The Board authorized advertising bid proposals related to the Elementary School #18 project, as well as the turf fields/tracks projects at Graham-Kapowsin High School and Spanaway Lake High School.

The Board also approved a Water line extension agreement for Elementary #18. Currently, the district has a contractor installing a new water main from the intersection of Military Road and Waller Road down the east side of Waller to the Elementary #18 site.

Spanaway Water Company (SWC) has future plans to extend the water main and has requested the district to install approximately 350 lineal feet of water main beyond the end of the district’s construction project. SWC will deduct the cost of construction from the capacity and connection fees the district will pay for domestic water and fire flow for Elementary #18. As a result, the district will bear no costs associated with the construction of the additional water main.

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