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Spokane Public Schools to wrap up conceptual plans for two middle schools

District plans to complete construction in fall 2023

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Spokane Public Schools is finalizing the schematic designs for the new Carla Peperzak Middle School project and the Sacajawea Middle School replacement project.

The district is in the pre-development stages of the $62 million Sacajawea Middle School replacement north of the existing school at 401 E. 33rd on Spokane’s South Hill, says Greg Forsyth, director of capital projects.

The school will be about the same size of the existing school, and will serve 825 to 875 students, he says.

The roughly 145,000-square-foot building will include a nutrition commons, learning commons, gymnasiums, a music suite, and visual arts classroom, in addition to the general classrooms, he says.

The hope is to break ground on both projects by fall, with the schools opening in August 2023, he says.

The Sacajawea project was designed by ALSC Architects PS, of Spokane, and will be built by Spokane Valley-based Lydig Construction Inc.

“It’s an outdated facility,” says Forsyth, regarding the existing facility, which has a low roof design and no space between the roof and the ceiling to allow for extensive upgrades, including an air conditioning system.

The $61.5 million Carla Peperzak Middle School will be roughly the same size as the Sacajawea Middle School and will host the same number of students, says Forsyth.

The school was designed by Integrus Architecture PS, of Spokane, and will be built by Garco Construction Inc., also of Spokane.

The new facility will be located next to Mullan Road Elementary School, just south of the Spokane city limits at 2616 E. 63rd, on property that previously was owned by the city of Spokane.

Carla Peperzak Middle School was named in May for a holocaust survivor who currently lives in Spokane and teaches constituents about the holocaust and her resistance activities during that time.

“She’s very special,” Forsyth says.

Both school projects are funded through the 2018 bond passed by voters.

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Reporter Natasha Nellis joined the Journal in May 2018 and covers real estate and construction. Natasha is an avid reader and loves taking photos, traveling, and learning new languages.

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