Facilities Progress Report
Big changes are happening in Hockinson School District—we’re improving our High School and building a brand-new Middle School. In the future we will embark on a master planning process for the Elementary School.
These projects have been carefully planned to enhance learning opportunities for our students, and they are only possible due to the generosity of our community, which approved a construction bond in 2015.
High School Improvements
The latest (Aug. 26)
Over the summer, our HHS improvement projects have really taken shape!
The band room
should be ready around the first day of school, Aug. 31. The structure is complete, the surrounding area paved, and the room has been painted. Sound-proof practice rooms have been installed along with a state-of-the-art sound system, flooring, HVAC and ceiling.
The sports pavilion
is mostly done and expected to be ready for students before Oct. 1. It will be available for use by our many sports teams and PE classes every month of the year.
The stadium seating
is ready, with paving installed and power connected to the lights. We anticipate receiving occupancy approval shortly.
- The tennis courts have been moved behind the stadium seating—a change that enabled the school district to avoid major wetland mitigation issues at the old site and hundreds of thousands of dollars in related expenses. The courts are now paved and awaiting top treatment.
- The softball fields have been relocated near the baseball field.
- Drains have been added and a path has been reoriented to prevent water from draining onto the track.
Some of our teams might need to rent practice space on a short-term basis this fall, but the baseball field and JV softball field will be usable. And once the sports pavilion is completed, it can be used for football and soccer drills.
Middle School Construction
The latest (Aug. 26)
Groundbreaking for the new HMS took place June 4 after the annual Fun Days parade, and the contractor, Robinson Construction Co., arrived on campus June 29. Since then, Robinson has been preparing the site for construction.
The big news here is that the school district and Robinson have rearranged the project’s phasing, so students and staff will move into the school in time to begin the 2017-18 school year—six months earlier than previously planned!
For this to happen, the district had to give Robinson access to the entire construction site. It will cause some challenges this year for our teachers and students, but getting access to the school six months earlier and access to the field two years earlier than planned makes the short-term sacrifice worthwhile.
Currently site prep work continues, including demolition of the outdoor play area and the auxiliary gymnasium. Also an unused portable classroom is being transported to the Elementary School for future use.
Footings for the new HMS are scheduled to be poured by the end of August.