Pasco School District assessing wind damage

Tri-City HeraldNovember 4, 2013 

School damaged

Winds blew down the front section of an elementary school under construction in Pasco on Saturday.

RICHARD DICKIN — Tri-City Herald Buy Photo

— A new Pasco elementary school still is set to open for the 2014-15 academic year despite damage from a weekend wind storm.

High winds Saturday brought down part of the structure that was starting to take shape at Road 52 and Powerline Road.

However, “we don't anticipate any delay in the opening of the new school,” said John Morgan, Pasco School District’s assistant superintendent of operations, in a statement Monday. District officials met with Fowler Construction, the lead contractor for the school project, to talk about the storm damage, the statement said.

A cost estimate of the damage wasn’t available Monday.

The contractor “is in the process of assessing the structure and meeting with appropriate agencies,” the district statement said.

The district broke ground on the school — which hasn’t yet been named — in June. It’s one of the projects, including another new elementary school next to Whittier Elementary and an early learning center at Road 60 and Sandifur Parkway, included in a $46.8 million bond approved by district voters in February.

The district has seen significant enrollment growth in recent years, outpacing that of neighboring districts, with this year’s student population numbering 16,612 as of the official October count.

The wind storm Saturday also caused other damage around the Tri-Cities, from downed trees and power lines to a semi-truck that blew over in Finley, spilling fuel.

w Sara Schilling: 582-1529; sschilling@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @saraTCHerald

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