Aug. 25, 2006-Five years from the date that the newest school in the Steilacoom Historical School district opened its doors to educate youngsters in the DuPont/Northwest Landing area-the district marked the school’s expansion (double in size). School district officials, board members, and DuPont’s Mayor Steve Young were among the honored guests at that doubled-headed event: the school’s reopening and Back to School Night.
An estimated 500 DuPont/Northwest Landing parents and children gathered on the lawn for a brief ceremony before touring the expanded facility.
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The community school, as it’s known, doubled in size during the past year plus, and is ready to welcome and educate more than 500 students in Grades K through 5 when school begins on Aug. 31.
The long-awaited completion of the school-projected when it opened in 2001-was officially begun last October when the school held a “ground breaking” to begin that work. On hand for the school’s second “groundbreaking” was a representative from the family of the school’s namesake. Young Chloe Barker, named for her great-great-great-grandmother, was one of the dignitaries who turned a shovel-ful of dirt on that Oct. 26, 2005 morning. Chloe Aurelia Clark Willson, was an early American educator who came to the area in 1841 as a missionary teacher.
“Sixteen months, from start to finish,” proclaimed Rusty Pritchard, SHSD school construction project manager. Pritchard of KJM Associates currently is overseeing the district’s most recent capital improvement construction projects that include completion of Chloe Clark Elementary School, a multi-purpose room for Anderson Island Elementary, a renovation/expansion at Steilacoom High School and a new middle school in DuPont. (The still-to-be-named school will celebrate a ground breaking on September 15, 4 p.m. at Center Drive and Bob’s Hollow).
Two years ago district voters approved an approximately $55 million capital improvement bond. District voters also approved a four-year maintenance and operations levy this past May.
The school’s PTA and area businesses such as Dhane Orthodontics and Caffe Pegaso hosted a reception in the community room. Afterward visitors inspected the classrooms and admired new technology such as the digital camera system with which the classrooms are equipped.
Submitted by Nancy Covert
Photos by Ben Sclair