Facilities Progress Report
Improvements on Hockinson High School are nearing completion and the new Middle School is taking shape. These projects have been carefully planned to enhance learning opportunities for our students and are only possible due to the generosity of our community, which approved a construction bond in 2015.
Here’s the latest—from April 2017!
High School Construction
HHS updates nearly complete
Meanwhile, the High School improvements are nearly complete. When the site dries out, workers will pave the parking lot, and grade and seed remaining landscaping.
The new band room and sports pavilion are in full use, and the additional facilities have opened up space in the school and eliminated the need for many off-site rentals. This is saving the tennis team alone $2,500 in rental fees this season, says HHS assistant principal and athletic director Josh Johnson. Plus it appears to be inspiring more student interest.
“It’s a lot easier for kids who don’t drive to be on the tennis team now,” Johnson says. “They can stay on campus and participate.”
Middle School Construction
Wet weather adds challenge to new middle school build
Despite record-setting precipitation this winter, the new Hockinson Middle School is still on schedule to open for the first day of school, Sept. 6.
“The weather has hurt us,” says Damon Roché, district capital projects manager, explaining that cold temperatures and wet conditions are no friend to tasks like pouring cement and grouting walls.
However, in the absence of other major challenges, Roché antici¬pates all but some of the specialty classrooms—such as art, band and STEM, and the gymnasium—will be ready first thing this fall.