Groundbreaking for new Scobee Elementary School set for June 7

Scobee, you’re next.

Auburn’s next elementary school replacement project is ready to kick up some dirt.

The public is invited to join Auburn School District officials and staff for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Dick Scobee Elementary at 6 p.m. Friday, June 7. The new school will replace the old one – which was built in 1954 – at its same location, 1031 14th St. NE, Auburn.

The new school will be the product of a $456 million capital facilities bond – or the “big ask” as school officials coin it – that voters approved in 2017. The measure will fund the rebuilding of six schools, including Scobee, and the construction of two new ones.

The five elementary schools being replaced were built between 1945 and 1965. The timeline for completing all of the projects is eight to 10 years.

Construction is under way for the school district’s 15th elementary, a yet-to-be-named school, at 5701 Kersey Way SE. The school is near the Edgeview at Lakeland Hills neighborhood and tucked into a part of Auburn that locals describe as the Hidden Valley or Bowman Creek area. Auburn’s 23rd overall school is the first addition to the district since Arthur Jacobsen Elementary sounded its first class bell for students on Lea Hill in 2007.

That school, for whichcrews broke ground in April, is scheduled to welcome 650 students come fall 2020.

As for the Scobee project, students will attend the former Olympic Middle School as an interim facility for one year while the existing school is razed and rebuilt. A new Olympic Middle School, which stands next to the old one, opens this fall.

The new Scobee Elementary is scheduled to be built and open by fall 2020.

Pioneer, Chinook and Terminal Park will follow Scobee in the same pattern, occupying the interim facility as their schools are subsequently replaced, following the construction-cycle timeline.

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ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter
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