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You can purchase this Kelso Home For Sale and take advantage of Kelso School District‘s planning of new schools.

In Feb 2018 Kelso approved an investment in their schools. Read more here: School Bond Passed

Cheers erupted Tuesday night from a roomful of Kelso school supporters who gathered in the Cowlitz County Administration Building to hear the results read aloud for the district’s $98.6 million school bond.

The measure easily won the supermajority needed to pass, capturing 65 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s returns.

District voters also overwhelmingly approved an important replacement local school levy with 68 percent support.

“I think it’s an affirmation that the projects we chose and the work we chose was aligned with what our community told us to do,” Kelso Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich said in an interview. “It’s another expression of how Kelso is a place where people come together to support kids and to support teachers and staff.”

The plan will rebuild Wallace and Beacon Hill elementary schools, and the district will also construct a brand-new school on a 10-acre parcel of land in Lexington.

The bond will also upgrade the district’s athletic facilities, including replacing the grass at Schroeder Field with artificial turf and installing synthetic tracks at Coweeman and Huntington middle schools.

The plan will also address the district’s overcrowding problems by eliminating 15 portable classrooms. Other enhancements include updating career and technical classrooms; installing video surveillance, exterior lighting and better communications systems; and upgrading plumbing, ventilation, heating and cooling systems, roofs, windows and siding.

“For the staff and for the kids, it means significant upgrades in their learning environments that they’ll have for the next 35 to 50 years,” Gelbrich said.

The raw vote for the bond as of Tuesday evening was 2,967 in favor and 1,605 against. The proportion of yes and no votes is likely to change only slightly as the county elections office processes more ballots in the coming days.

“It’s such a privilege to be in a community like this that supports the schools like we do,” Kelso School Board President Bob Lucas said in an interview. “For our future, even though buildings aren’t the end all, we definitely need to upgrade what we have.”

Once the planning and design is complete, the district will begin work on a new school to the south of Wallace Elementary. Students will be moved into the new school when it’s complete. The old Wallace building will then be demolished, and the district will use the space to reconfigure parking and traffic flow.

According to the plan, work will also begin on the new school at the district’s Lexington site. Beacon Hill Elementary students will start attending the new school when it’s complete, and the old California-style elementary will be rebuilt. Catlin Elementary students will then move into the new Beacon Hill school.

Possibilities for the old Catlin campus include expanding the district’s space for its Head Start preschool program.

The district is also engaged in a countywide discussion about converting the Catlin site into a regional skills center similar to the Clark County Skills Center. The property could also be sold or exchanged as the City of Kelso looks to revitalize that area of town.

And the district reviewed their project schedules in April: Bond Projects

Work to build a new Lexington elementary school and replace Wallace Elementary School should begin next summer, and the schools should be ready by the end of 2020, according to a schedule presented to the Kelso School Board on Monday night.

Students would move into the new buildings after Christmas break 2020–21.

Kelley Wilson and Phil Iverson of Educational Service District 112 presented the school board with the preliminary design and construction schedule and budget breakdown for the $135 million Kelso school facilities program.

Before construction starts next summer, architects must design the buildings and write up education specifications, which Wilson described as “a laundry list of all the spaces that go into the building.”

Wilson, the senior project manager, said the board would get to see three-dimensional models of the two new schools this fall.

The design phase for a new Beacon Hill Elementary School will begin at the end of 2019, with construction starting in summer 2021. The district plans to have Beacon Hill students move to the new Lexington site when it is finished, and then have Catlin students occupy a rebuilt version of Beacon Hill. Wallace students will move into a rebuilt version of their school once it’s complete.

Designs for Carrolls Elementary School and Huntington Middle School also will start in 2019. Carrolls will receive safety and security updates and other upgrades. Huntington will receive similar improvements and a new synthetic track.

Kelso School District voters in November approved an $98.6 million bond sale to finance these projects. The district is also getting $39 million in state school construction funding to help pay for all the work, which has a total price tag of about $135 million.

Under the budget breakdown presented Monday night, Lexington and Beacon Hill elementaries will cost $35 million and $29 million, respectively, while the new Wallace school will cost around $27 million.

Work at Huntington Middle School is estimated to cost about $18 million.

The district also has smaller projects planned at other schools, including Barnes, Butler Aces and Rose Valley elementaries, Coweeman Middle School and Kelso High School. “Scheduling those little projects is actually tougher than scheduling the big ones,” Wilson said.

“We just haven’t done that yet. That’s one of the tasks — figuring out those next three to four years.”

Board President Bob Lucas asked whether the first two projects at Lexington and Wallace elementaries could blow the whole budget, and others asked whether the surge in school construction will drive up bids. Wilson acknowledged there’s a lot of school construction going on but bids so far have been favorable.

“We want to try to balance being as aggressive as possible but still making your projects attractive to the bidders,” he said.

As a contingency plan, Wilson explained that 5 percent of the budget would be dedicated to alternate projects that the district wants but could put off. If bids come in at the maximum price, the district could do without the alternates in order to stay within the budget.

The next step for the district, Iverson said, will be selecting architectural/engineering firms for the three elementary school projects.

“Not only do we want the best qualified firms, we want the best fit for Kelso,” he said.

And the District approved its first project in May: Projects Approved

The first tangible work financed by the $98.6 million Kelso school bond advanced Monday night when the school board approved installation of synthetic turf and new lighting at Ed Laulainen Stadium at Schroeder Field.

Field Turf USA, Inc. will oversee the site work, turf and lighting. Longview engineering firm Gibbs and Olson has already conducted geotechnical work.

The current estimated cost of the turf is $900,000 to $1 million. Lighting is estimated to cost a bit under $200,000, according to district financial officer Scott Westlund.

The district expects construction to start in June and to be completed in time for football season.

Westlund said that the field is expected to last 10 to 15 years. The district plans to charge a user fee to help recoup the cost of replacing the field.

The athletic field upgrades will be the first projects completed under district’s $98.6 bond, which voters approved in February.

The bond will also finance the rebuilding of Wallace and Beacon Hill elementary schools as well as the construction of a new elementary school in Lexington.

In other business:

  • Catlin Elementary School Principal Tim Yore introduced the school’s new assistant principal, Tim Leipold. (Megan Filiault, who was previously chosen as the Catlin assistant principal, will not serve in that role.)

Assistant principal positions are new next year to Catlin, Barnes, Butler Acres and Wallace elementaries. They’re meant to address the social and emotional needs of students. Beacon Hill Principal Jay Sparks also introduced new assistant principal Kate Anderson.

  • The board accepted a $7,500 donation from Randy Zmrhal to help pay for a classroom set of Chromebooks at Rose Valley Elementary School. Zmrhal’s foundation, Westlund said, has donated to Rose Valley in the past because of the family’s connection to the school.
  • The board also approved a policy on how schools should encourage school involvement by low-income parents.

Just another reason to buy a Kelso home for sale.

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