Students will attend classes at Highline High School’s current campus a year longer than the district originally planned, the school announced on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
The district had planned to send students from the School – which is scheduled to be rebuilt – to Olympic Interim School during construction.
But due to problems with the heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) system in Olympic’s building B, HHS students will spend the 2018-19 school year at the current campus.
Students will then start the 2019-20 school year at Olympic one year later than originally scheduled. This does not impact the scheduled opening of the new high school, and students will spend only two years in the interim school, instead of three, as originally planned.
“Repairing the HVAC system in addition to the renovations already planned for building B would cost more than the value of the building,” Highline Principal Vicki Fisher said. “The main portion of building B will be demolished and replaced with modern, efficient portable classrooms that can be used well into the future. It is not possible to complete this work in time for the start of school next fall.”
“This is the best plan to ensure students and staff have a safe and healthy interim facility during construction of HHS and that Olympic is fit to serve as an interim facility for future projects,” said Highline Chief of Operations Scott Logan.
For more info on progress on HHS and the rest of the district’s bond construction projects, visit highlineschools.org/KeepingOurPromise.
HHS will stay open 1 more year! @Highlinepirates will move into the Olympic Interim School 1 year later than planned, with no change to the opening of the new school in fall 2021. Students will spend only 2 years at the interim site: https://t.co/O0wyxT021i #highlinebuilds pic.twitter.com/JCKUBX7o4t
— Highline Schools (@HighlineSchools) February 7, 2018