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News Release
Kelso School District to Hold Public Hearing, Open Houses to Invite Community Input - 12/07/18

The Kelso School District is holding a public hearing and two open houses to invite the community to share their thoughts on a proposed change in construction plans for replacing aging elementary schools.

The district is considering combining two of the three new elementary schools planned from the voter-approved bond in February into one larger school at the Lexington site. This option is being contemplated due to considerable cost escalations resulting from rising construction prices and extremely poor soil conditions that require more robust foundations to meet modern codes.

The public hearing will be held Monday, December 17th at 6:00 pm at the district office as part of a regularly scheduled board meeting. The Kelso School Board will hear public testimony and consider whether the modifications are in the best interests of the district and the students they serve.

To allow ample opportunity for feedback, the district will hold two open houses: one on Tuesday, December 18th and the other on Wednesday, January 9th; both from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the commons area of Kelso High School. Rough renderings of proposed plans for the larger school at Lexington will be available for viewing, as will renderings for the new Wallace Elementary. A station for sharing thoughts on safety and security will also be available at both open houses.