The Pasco School Board awarded the construction contract for the last of three new elementary schools in the district to a Richland contractor.
DGR Construction will be paid $14.3 million to build Barbara McClintock STEM Elementary School. The builder submitted the lowest of three bids for the project, according to district documents.
Combined with $1.2 million in taxes, the district will pay $15.6 million for the new school on Road 60 in west Pasco.
McClintock and Rosalind Franklin and Marie Curie STEM elementary schools are being paid for by a voter-approved $46.8 million bond.
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All three schools will have a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM-, focused curriculum. McClintock will also be an early learning center, a counterpart to east Pasco's Captain Gray Early Learning Center on Court Street.
Franklin, at Road 52 and Powerline Road in west Pasco, opens this fall. McClintock and Curie, next to Whittier Elementary School, are scheduled to open for the 2015-16 school year.
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