The ground was officially broken for the new Hudtloff Middle School in front of a large crowd of community members, staff and students on March 24. Attendees braved the rain to hear the history of the construction project, thanking of voters for their support and other remarks from Principal Moureen David, Board President Walt Kellcy, Jr., Superintendent Debbie LeBeau, and Mayor Doug Richardson, who also chaired the Citizens Committee for Schools.
After the audience counted down the turning of the dirt by spelling H-U-D-T-L-O-F-F, guests moved into the commons and library to enjoy light refreshments and a musical performance from the Hudtloff eighth-grade jazz band. A model and renderings of the new school were also on display.
The construction of the new school is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2013. The project is the result of a $92 million bond, approved by Lakewood voters in 2010. The new Hudtloff Middle School will be rebuilt behind the existing school, while students remain on site. Bond monies will also be used to build a new elementary school for the consolidated Oakwood and Southgate Elementary Schools; and to build a new Harrison Preparatory Academy in partnership with Clover Park Technical College.