The Camas School District will move forward on construction of a new elementary school near Lacamas Park.
At the Monday, June 28 board meeting, the School Board approved a $1.49 million architectural services contract with Dull Olson Weekes Architects for design, construction documents and oversight of the project.
The new school will be located just west of Crown Road, above Lacamas Park.
The 12.5-acre site was purchased in 2007. It is expected to house up to 600 students and cost $15 million. It will be paid for using Qualified School Capital Bonds, which the school district will pay back. These are low interest bonds that must be spent before Dec. 31, 2012.
This will allow the new school to be open for students by fall 2013.
“The addition of the new east side elementary will provide the needed student capacity as our district continues to grow,” Superintendent Mike Nerland said.
It will be the fourth elementary school in the district, and the second one opened within four years. Grass Valley opened in the fall of 2009.