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December 2, 2016

Ribbon cutting set for Chinook Middle School

The Kennewick School District invites the public and media to attend the ribbon cutting for the new Chinook Middle School on January 24.

The ribbon cutting will be at 3:30 p.m. and will include remarks from district and school officials and a tour of the building.

Chinook is the district’s fifth middle school and its new building is located at 4891 W. 27th Ave. Staff and students started the 2016-17 school year at the former campus of Desert Hills Middle School just off 10th Avenue.

Chinook’s new building is 110,400-square feet and modeled after a design used for the new Desert Hills Middle School that opened this fall. It has 37 classrooms, two gyms, a fitness lab, cafeteria, orchestra and band rooms and additional performance spaces, five computer labs, and a track.

The project cost about $40.7 million. It was designed by architectural firm Design West and built by Fowler General Construction.

Chinook’s new building was paid for by an $89.5 million bond approved by voters in February 2015.