Oversight team chosen for Washougal School District construction

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The Washougal School District has created a citizen oversight team to help monitor progress on construction projects in the district’s multimillion-dollar facilities upgrade.

The group will meet every month with construction leaders as work continues on a $57.6 million expansion and security enhancement project. The first signs of construction will appear this summer at Jemtegaard Middle School, but the bulk of the work won’t begin until summer 2016.

The oversight team consists of several community leaders, including incoming Superintendent Mike Stromme and the district’s Facilities Director Joe Steinbrenner. As the process wages on, the group will keep the public and the district’s school board informed on construction developments.

Altogether, the project includes the construction of a new elementary school and new buildings for Jemtegaard Middle School and Excelsior, the district’s small alternative high school. Administrators expect the three new school buildings to open no later than September 2018.