Sequim School District will host a “capital projects levy” groundbreaking ceremony at the Sequim Community School on Friday as the district prepares to move forward with its plans to demolish the unused portions of the school and renovate and move the central kitchen to the northwest corner of the school. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Sequim School District will host a “capital projects levy” groundbreaking ceremony at the Sequim Community School on Friday as the district prepares to move forward with its plans to demolish the unused portions of the school and renovate and move the central kitchen to the northwest corner of the school. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Sequim schools to host ceremony for levy

SEQUIM — Sequim School District will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its proposed capital projects levy at the Sequim Community School on Friday.

The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. at the school at 220 W. Alder St. Parking is available on the Fir Street side of the Community School.

It is open to the community as a recognition of the district moving forward with its capital projects to demolish the unused portions of the Sequim Community School and renovate the central kitchen and move it to the northwest corner of the school, district officials said.

District Superintendent Gary Neal will speak about the project. Bernie O’Donnell, the northwest area development manager for Vanir Construction Management Inc., and district staff, Sequim School Board members and students will attend.

“It’s really kicking off [capital project plans] and showing [the public] this is what’s happening,” said Hanna Smith, the district’s community outreach coordinator.

Voters approved $5.75 million for the capital projects levy in February 2017. Since then, the district has hired Vanir Construction Management Inc. as its project manager and put up chain link fencing in April as the district prepares for the next phase of the abatement process.

“We wanted to get fencing up for removing the trees to start letting the public be aware that there’s going to be some construction going on here,” Neal said in April.

The district is in the design phase for the project and the central kitchen is scheduled to be complete by the beginning of the new school year this fall.

For more information about updates on the district’s capital project levy or plans, visit sequimschools.org.

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