PROGRESS

PROGRESS — Gracing the skyline on the west side of Grandview is the new high school building being constructed behind the current campus, which will be torn down next summer. The new GHS is nearly halfway built, and the blue crane will soon be a thing of the past.

GRANDVIEW — The big blue crane that has become a landmark for some in Grandview will soon be moving along.

That’s because construction on the new high school building has nearly met the halfway point to completion.

Principal Kim Casey said last fall Fowler Construction moved in and started the $69.6 million project, which will provide students a two-story campus with capacity for 1,150. Its features will include two gyms, state-of-the-art classrooms, a 453-seat auditorium, band and choir music rooms, a library, a full-service kitchen and cafeteria/multi-purpose room and various other rooms to meet the educational needs of students. 

The School Board began planning for what was a $42.2 million bond measure, passed in 2017, several years in advance after hearing from community members interested in improvements to the education system.

Now, the community can see portions of the structure as it will stand.

“Plans are to be in the new building for the 2020-21 school year,” Casey said.

“We’re on schedule.”

Snow this past February did have an impact, and put the project behind, she said.

Now, drywall and windows are being installed in parts of the new school, the second floor “is beginning to take shape,” and utilities will be fully connected soon, Casey said.

Casey said the mechanical room’s components and equipment going to be “state-of-the-art.”“Comments such as, ‘It’s so big… the halls are so wide… they really did plan for storage’,” she said.

Everyone is excited, Casey said.

Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, ext. 114 or email JMcGhan@sunnysidesun.com

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