Washington High School has won a $4.3 million grant through the
Washington Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Pilot Facilities grant the Washington Legislature appropriated during
their last regular session.
The grant will pay for an addition
to the 900 building, and will include a complete renovation of the
existing building. The learning spaces created by this grant will
accommodate aerospace manufacturing, computer-aided design (CAD), and a
larger-than-typical collaborative classroom in which biology, chemistry,
physics and engineering classes can be taught.
"We are so
excited to have received this highly competitive grant," said Dr. Frank
Hewins, Superintendent of Franklin Pierce Schools. "Not only will this
project greatly benefit students, I also hope this project will convey
to residents and voters of our community that we are constantly seeking
outside funding opportunities that are good for our students while being
sensitive to the tax burden of our property owners.” The district will
have a bond measure on the November 2016 ballot (Click HERE for information about the bond
The work will begin in late summer, with an anticipated opening by the start of the 2017-2018 school year.