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August 11, 2016

District completes summer maintenance and improvement projects

The two school buildings opening in Kennewick on Aug. 30 aren’t the only facilities that will be all shiny and new for returning students and staff.

Dozens of projects, ranging from paint jobs and refurbished gym floors to installation of new playtoys and relocated portable classrooms, were completed this summer by operations staff and hired contractors.

Aimed at maintaining infrastructure or meeting new demands, the improvements will allow Kennewick schools to better serve our students and communities.

About $2.5 million of the work was completed as part of the district’s asset preservation program. The program is a required process under state law where districts annually determine the state of their facilities and complete projects that will help buildings hold their value.

Asset preservation projects included:

  • New paint and flooring at Vista and Edison elementary schools, new flooring at Park Middle School and a fresh paint job on the outside of Tri-Tech Skills Center
  • Refurbished gym floors at Kennewick and Kamiakin high schools and Highlands Middle School
  • New windows in all wings at Southridge High School
  • New HVAC controls at Hawthorne and Washington elementary schools and Horse Heaven Hills and Park middle schools.
  • New outdoor LED lighting at Edison

“We’ve been so aggressive for the past six years,” said Keith Colee, the district’s maintenance and operations manager, of the district’s asset preservation program. “It reflects on us. We want the buildings to look nice and we want to maintain them.”

Renovated roofs at Tri-Tech and Legacy High School and buildings housing Kennewick High’s band and locker rooms also were completed under asset preservation. Colee said a new multi-coating system was used in those projects that could be used at other buildings after its effectiveness is determined.

Plenty of other projects also kept district crews busy. That work included grooming of athletic fields, plumbing improvements, installation of new playtoys at several schools and remodeling of offices and classrooms at others.

The opening of the district’s fifth middle school this fall will ease enrollments at the district’s other middle schools. That means 13 portable classrooms at three of those schools were free to be moved to other buildings where space is in demand. Cascade, Cottonwood, Vista, Washington, Ridge View, Lincoln and Edison were among the recipients of those portables, as were Southridge and Kennewick.

New portables were installed at Amistad, Canyon View and Kamiakin.


Utilities are installed for new portables at Amistad Elementary. 

New portables installed at Amistad Elementary.


Fresh exterior paint at Vista Elementary.


New flooring in Edison Elementary.