Walls are getting framed at the new Sumas Elementary School and finishing touches are coming for the additions to Everson and Nooksack elementary schools. And there’s more planned for both Nooksack Valley high and middle schools.
First to complete, the additions at Everson and Nooksack are both on time and on budget with completion set for June 2021. Mark Johnson, superintendent, says both schools will enjoy additional space to accommodate enrollment growth with 10 new classrooms at Everson and six new classrooms at Nooksack. Both schools also gain additional gymnasium, cafeteria, physical education and recess space.
Framing is well underway in Sumas, which is on track for a summer 2022 completion. “The process of moving to the new Sumas elementary school will occur in the same fashion as the new middle school (in 2017),” Johnson says. “We will move into the new school in summer 2022 and then demolition of the old school and creation of new parking, bus turnaround and more will start at that time.”
But there’s more work coming across the district, mostly at the high school, paid for with remaining bond funds and general funds. Projects include renovation of the football field restrooms and concessions, new flooring in the middle school’s auxiliary gym, renovation of the high school “rubber gym,” modernization of the performing arts center, roof repairs, security camera additions, heat and ventilation upgrades and district office upgrades. Some of the projects will happen in summer 2021, while others will occur in 2022.
“We are very excited,” Johnson says, “to be able to address most, if not all, of the major current capital needs in the district.”