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New school project on target


The project to build a new K-12 school complex is on target to go out for bid in February, 2013, Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dr. Dennis Carlson said this week.

A number of things are happening simultaneously as final drawings are being prepared.

A consultant was in the district this week taking inventory of the things in present schools that will be able to be moved to the new school complex.

At the same time, the district is getting prepared to send representatives to California to view and discuss new furniture needs with a supplier. The supplier is paying the cost of the visit.

Plans will be ready to be examined and commented on sometime in December. Carlson stated that when plans have been finally adjusted they will be presented in a public meeting.

After the bids are awarded, actual work preparing the site and building a retaining wall will commence in four to five weeks, Carlson said.

The site level at the Wright Elementary location will be raised about five feet, the superintendent said.

School patrons will see actual construction activity probably about May, Carlson stated.

The district is still on target to open the new facility to students in the fall of 2014.

The classroom part of the project should come in around $29 million at today's prices, Carlson said.

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