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Because of cost-saving steps made by the district, additional state funding assistance for Swift Water Elementary, and an accelerated construction schedule for the elementary projects, Peninsula School District will be able to modernize and add additional classrooms at Kopachuck Middle School and Key Peninsula Middle School using 2019 capital bond funds. After elementary overcrowding and emergent facility needs, addressing middle school overcrowding was identified as the district’s next highest priority.
Construction bids for both middle school projects were opened and the contracts were awarded in June 2021. At the June 10, 2021 study session, the PSD Board of Directors awarded the bid for Kopachuck Middle School to Schwiesow Construction
Construction for both modernization and addition projects began in July, with phased construction and a completion in the spring of 2023.
How Are We Funding Modernizations at Key Peninsula Middle School and Kopachuck Middle School?
PSD qualified for School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) dollars from the state for Artondale, Elementary School #9, Evergreen, Kopachuck, and Key Peninsula, allowing the district to pool bond funds designated for emergent needs to pay for the middle school projects.
- The rapid design and permitting schedules on the four elementary school projects helped avoid some expected inflation costs.
- Available impact fees can be used to construct new classrooms that will add capacity to the schools.
- Costs for Pioneer were significantly lessened, as PSD purchased the old Boys & Girls Club to expand instead of building a new school from the ground up.
We had anticipated being able to upgrade parts of our school with the bond, but now we can do more to help with overcrowding and add some more windows to let in the natural light.
Principal Heidi Fedore