Burning down the house

Bond Project Update: March 2020

We didn’t start the fire

The new Bethel High School is slated to open to students in the fall of 2023. Much of the planning is on paper at this point, but a fire in February certainly put the future location of the new school on the map for local residents. There was an old house on the district-owned property that needed to be removed before any site work could begin. Superintendent Tom Seigel offered the building to Graham Fire & Rescue as a training ground, as long as when they were done, they would burn it to the ground.

Graham firefighters look on as a house is demolished to make way for the new Bethel High School.

Growth continues

Since the year 2000, our corner of Pierce County has grown by 66,800 people. A senior planner for Pierce County presented to our School Board recently about the Community Plan Updates currently in the works that will impact our district. We have been working with the county since the start of this process and will continue to do so as things move forward.

Architects on board

The administration recently completed the architectural selection process for two of our upcoming bond projects. The Challenger High School Phase II project went to Erickson McGovern Architects of Tacoma. The Graham-Kapowsin High School expansion project was awarded to NAC Architecture of Seattle. NAC was the firm in charge of the original GKHS building, so they will be a good fit for the expansion.

Bethel Early Learning Center

This new preschool building will be located on Pacific Avenue in a building already owned by the district.

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