Summer 2020 Capital Projects Update
The capital projects work in Mount Vernon has been very successful to date. Rowley Elementary, off of East Division, finished its second year of operation and is now the permanent home of the Rowley Orcas. Madison Elementary on Fir Street, which was demolished and entirely rebuilt, finished its first year of operation. Both schools provide excellent spaces for instruction and student learning.
With two new elementary schools completed on time and under budget, the construction focus shifted to the Mount Vernon High School this past year. Early this spring a new shop building was completed on the north end of the campus. Ultimately, the new shop will house CTE programs. In the meantime, the building will be used as general classroom space during the remodel of the Old Main building. Also in anticipation of upcoming work on Old Main, the Fine Arts building was remodelled and repurposed as the administrative and counseling center. This new “Administration” building will be completed this summer. Administrative staff and counselors will move in, as well as other staff using and teaching in this building.
Work on Old Main is scheduled to begin in the Winter of 2021. Over the course of this fall and during winter break in December, the remaining classroom uses of Old Main will be relocated to other space on campus, including the use of temporary portable space. Old Main will see many improvements, including seismic upgrades, new stair towers on each end of the building, improvement to and enlargement of the auditorium space, and an increased number of classrooms. All of this will occur while retaining the unique feel and look of this 100 year old building.
Still to come as part of the voter-approved 2016 Bond is additional classroom space on the high school campus and additional classroom space at LaVenture Middle School.