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Move-in dates set for new school complex


Roger Easling, who supervises the K-12 school construction for the district, views an astro turf play area behind the new facility. It is one of several student areas for relaxation or play scattered throughout the project. The astro turf was laid down last week. - Roger S. Lucas photo

The ribbon cutting at the new K-12 school facility will be Sept. 12, the Grand Coulee Dam School District board was advised Monday night.

The $30 million-plus project is right on schedule and a number of important dates were noted by Superintendent Dennis Carlson.

The driveway into the new school is paved, and workers are focusing on a number of "finish-up" projects throughout the building.

The K-6 wing will be turned over to the district by general contractor Walker Construction this Friday. That will enable the district to start moving in supplies next Monday.

The offices, library, and kitchen areas will be turned over to the school district Aug. 15, Carlson noted. That will allow the moving of kitchen and library materials.

North Central Regional Library District Director Dan Howard said his crews will assist local library personnel in moving and organizing the three existing libraries from the three other school buildings on Aug. 18.

The regional library network has already purchased a number of library materials for the two new libraries. Howard said the regional system is spending about $20,000 to assist the district in furnishing materials.

North Central Regional Library has worked with the district in storing and going through existing materials and will physically assist in moving those supplies.

New furniture will be arriving Aug. 22, and workers will put furniture together, and the district will see the cafeteria areas being finished.

The grades 7-12 wing will be turned over to the district on Aug. 22. Supplies for that wing will be moved in Aug. 25.

The office area at the new school will open Sept. 2.

Parents of children attending the school will have access during the week of Sept. 8-12, with the public open house set for Friday, Sept 12.

Carlson noted that State Senator Linda Evans Parlette will be on hand to assist in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Sen. Parlette was instrumental in helping the district find funds for the new facility.

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