In June 2019, the district finalized the purchase of the facility that became Pioneer Elementary from the Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound. Minor tenant improvements were made during the summer of 2019 and the facility opened as a district-owned site in August 2019. For the 2019-2020 school year, four 5th grade classrooms from Discovery Elementary and four preschool classrooms were housed in the building.
An approximate 39,000 sq. ft addition was made to the building and existing interior space was modified to create a 30 classroom, full-size elementary school. Pioneer is the ninth elementary school to open in the district.
The Pioneer Elementary School project is the first school completed out of four elementary school construction projects, and six projects overall, funded by the 2019 capital projects bond. The bond was passed by voters, approving school construction to address extreme elementary school overcrowding and other emergency infrastructure needs.
Pioneer became the first new elementary school to be added to the district in 34 years when it opened for students on January 19, 2021. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on February 24, 2021.
As a magnet school with a science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) emphasis, enrollment is open to all students in the district.
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I am honored and proud to watch our dreams as a community come to fruition. Every step of the project has been a remarkable experience, as we have been given the freedom to rethink education and create the space in which students get to experience wonder and imagine the possible.
Principal Stephanie Strader