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By Jeremy Burnham

New LRHS building remains on track


Last updated 6/27/2019 at 9:23am

Journal photo by Jeremy Burnham

The main hallway of the Lind-Ritzville High School. Construction on the school continues and is expected to wrap up by August 29.

The Lind-Ritzville High School is on track to open on time, according to the building's construction leaders.

Derek Miller of Architects West and Dan Gordon of Construction Services Group tell The Journal that things are coming along well. They both said construction should wrap in time for the start of school, which is Sept. 3.

Lind-Ritzville Cooperative Schools Superintendent Don Vanderholm says teachers are expected to be able to move into the new building on Aug. 29.

Gordon and Miller were in Ritzville for the Lind-Ritzville Cooperative Schools board meeting on June 24.

"The last time we talked, I said the one wildcard was the site," Gordon told the board members. "But all the unsuitables have been removed ... We're right there. We're right at the end. You've walked the building, so you know how close we are inside."

Earlier in the day, Vanderholm had given the other members of the school board, and The Journal, a tour of the site.

After walking through the front door and getting buzzed in, one of the first areas someone will see is a large, open student commons area full of lots of natural light. Natural light is a theme throughout the building.

Down the hall are classrooms, restrooms, offices and other rooms. In the hallway is a water fountain with a bottle filler, so students can fill up their reusable water bottles.

Journal photo by Jeremy Burnham

A classroom under construction in the Lind-Ritzville High School. School board members, and The Journal, were able to tour the site on June 24.

Board members expressed excitement over the size and quality of the staff and faculty areas.

While some flooring and other details still need to be complete, the structure is up. Board members were able to see all the areas of the building, including offices, classrooms and common areas.

One small hiccup is the slope of a ramp in one of the hallways. The incline is a little too steep to meet ADA requirements. Adjustments to the slope have started.

The project to rebuild the school began after the end of the 2017-18 school year. High school students spent the 2018-19 school year sharing the Lind-Ritzville Middle School in Lind with middle school students.

More coverage of the school board meeting, and the other topics discussed, will be included in next week's issue of The Journal.


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