Firgrove Elementary project moves forward
Firgrove Elementary project moves forward
Posted on 04/02/2018
Firgrove Elementary project moves forward

 
Students, staff, and community members gathered at Firgrove Elementary on March 30 to celebrate a milestone in their journey towards a brand new school building.

Firgrove Groundbreaking
A groundbreaking ceremony held on the playground kicked off a major step towards construction, which is set to begin in early April.

When asked if they knew where the new school would be located on the property, students turned in unison and pointed to the west, away from Meridian, and behind Ballou Junior High—they know exactly where the new school will sit.

Superintendent Tim Yeomans, School Board President Kathy Yang, School Board Director Maddie Names, Chief Communications Officer Brian Fox, Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello, and Principal Richard Lasso addressed the crowd.

Fox reminded students the reason the Firgrove project is happening is due to the support of parents and community.

Casello stated, “Our current Firgrove is a wonderful school and has served thousands and thousands of students and staff over the years. The memories here are priceless. It has served its purpose and now we have the opportunity to construct a new school that will better serve students and staff and the community. These are exciting times for the entire Firgrove community and the district.”

Special guest speakers included fifth-grade teacher Michelle Dyer who attended Firgrove from K-6 grades and whose daughter is currently a second-grader, and fifth-grade student Taryn Schwarz who said everyone in the school is excited for the new school.

In attendance were Project Manager Mike Meadows, representatives from architectural firm Mahlum who designed the new school building, and representatives from Neeley Construction who was awarded the low bid to construct the school.

Facts about Firgrove

The original brick building on the site was built in1930 and consolidated with the Puyallup School District in 1946. A new addition was opened in 1961, with renovations in 1985.

The new Firgrove replacement design is a two-story building with 32 homerooms. It has the capacity to serve 730 students—this is 222 more than the current building.

There will be a music room, library, and a gymnasium that also serves as a commons and lunchroom. Two general education preschool classes, part of the district’s early learning plan, are included in the new building design.

Firgrove ElementaryThe voter approved 2015 School Construction and Facility Improvements bond addresses the need for elementary school classroom space. It will replace Firgrove, Northwood, and Sunrise elementary schools, remodel Pope Elementary, add a 12-classroom addition to Hunt Elementary, and build a new elementary school west of Meridian on South Hill.

The 2015 bond projects are intended to relieve overcrowding from continued enrollment growth in the district’s elementary schools. More information and continued updates can be found on the district’s Foundations For Our Future website.