New Jefferson Elementary Takes Shape | Schools
Construction of a new Jefferson Elementary caused a lot of outrage after the bond to build it passed in 2009. The new school came with a new location and the neighborhood went to court to fight the move. Ground broke in June 2012, and now eight months later the new building is starting to take shape.
The current Jefferson has been on the corner of 37th and Grand since 1908 and has seen very few renovations since. The last time the school was renovated was 1956, when portable classrooms were added. Voters approved a bond in 2009 that allowed for several school reconstructions and modernizations through out the district, but the Jefferson project was delayed when neighbors went to court in opposition. The new school is located on the west side of Hart Field, just down the road from the current location, but residents in the area didn't want the increased traffic that came with the school.
The neighborhood lost their battle and construction began last summer. When you account for the square footage that the portables provide currently, the new school will be about the same size of the old location, but without the portable classrooms. It will be 58,000 square feet, one story, and boast a court yard and updated library.
The new Jefferson Elementary is scheduled to be complete in time for the 2013-2014 school year. For more information on the project visit http://www.spokaneschools.org/page/2966