Evergreen Public Schools’ oldest operating school is now on the list to be fully replaced earlier than anticipated.
At Tuesday’s school board meeting, directors authorized the replacement of Mill Plain Elementary, which sits at 400 S.E. 164th Ave.
The district cited cost-saving efforts in construction during COVID-19, accelerated timelines and the use of a prototype elementary design as part of its efforts to add Mill Plain Elementary and its project list from a voter-approved 2018 bond to build, rebuild and enhance several schools.
Other proposed building enhancements authorized Tuesday night include expanding the district’s music and college and career technical programs and its transportation infrastructure.
Mill Plain Elementary opened in 1952 and last was remodeled in 1999, said district spokeswoman Gail Spolar. The district plans to use a prototype design using the same floor plan and designs currently at six other replaced elementary buildings. Construction at Mill Plain could begin as soon as 2022, and open in fall 2023.