Kennewick Elementary Gets a Facelift

<p>Cascade Elementary</p>

Cascade Elementary

A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the re-opening of Cascade Elementary will be held on Friday, August 23 at 10:30 a.m. at 505 S. Highland Drive, Kennewick.

The ceremony marks the completion of a year-long remodeling process.

City of Kennewick officials and Tri-City Regional Chamber members will be on site along with school district administrators, Cascade Elementary staff, students, and parents.

The 30-year-old building has been completely renovated, with new electrical, plumbing, fire suppression, heating and ventilation systems.

Some of the new features include larger classrooms, a new kindergarten wing, natural daylight from skylights, and full size gymnasium with a wood floor.

In addition, the former gymnasium space has been converted into a cafeteria and multipurpose room that can be used for both school and community functions.

The Kennewick School District residents approved a $68 million dollar school bond back in May 2009, to build a new elementary and renovate four elementary schools that were more than three decades old with aging infrastructures.

Canyon View Elementary was be the first to be renovated.

This year, Lincoln faculty and students will move in to their temporary home in the district’s Fruitland building while the remodel of their school is underway.

The district plans to rebuild Eastgate Elementary in 2015-2016.

KSD officials say funding for this last project was possible because of the scheduled remodeling for other elementaries came in below estimates, combined with a greater share of state matching dollars than had been estimated.