Groundbreaking Ceremony at Fourth Elementary School Site on March 17th

March 14, 2015 | by Erin Sirianni

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This week marks an exciting milestone for the future fourth elementary school of Mercer Island. The Mercer Island School District will host a groundbreaking ceremony at the school’s future site on Tuesday, March 17th, at 1 pm. All community members are invited.

Mercer Island Elementary School #4

Design sketch of MISD Elementary No 4 | Image credit: Mercer Island School District

“We are excited to share with the Mercer Island community this important milestone in the history of our school district. This ceremony represents the success of our joint efforts to improve conditions for all children enrolled in our public schools. We want to share this moment with the many Islanders who took part in the lengthy public conversation about the needs of our educational system and worked toward the success of the 2014 bond proposition,” said Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano, in a press release.

In a special election in February 2014, Mercer Island voters overwhelmingly approved a $98.8 million bond to fund three school expansion projects, including: 1) building of a fourth elementary school; 2) expansion of the middle school; and 3) adding 10 additional classrooms to the Mercer Island High School. The bond passed with 74% of voters in favor.

Site of future fourth elementary school - a blank slate and ready for construction

Site of future fourth elementary school – a blank slate and ready for construction

Mercer Island School District BoundariesMayor Bruce Bassett, City Council members, and School Board members have been invited.

Construction at the new elementary school is expected to begin in March.  The new school will open for the 2016-2017 school year.

Curious about whether your child will attend the new elementary school?  The proposed school boundaries at right have now been set. View a full-size PDF of the boundaries here.

The ceremony will take place on the MISD’s North Mercer campus at SE 40th Street and 88th Ave SE.