What’s new in construction around the district

Construction and upgrades are continuing throughout the district. Now four-and-a-half years into the active design and construction work, the bond program is more than halfway through.

“Although the pandemic has delayed welcoming the public into new schools, the buildings are being used by small groups of students and staff, who are happy to be back at school,” said Superintendent Steve Webb. “We look forward to the day when we can safely welcome everyone back.”

Remodel and expansion projects

  • Columbia River High School – East and west additions, stadium structural upgrade; completion fall 2021
  • Franklin Elementary – Expanded parking lot, improved drop-off and pick-up areas, classroom additions; nearing completion
  • Lieser School – Programs will move to remodeled Marshall; summer 2021; school to be renamed
  • Sacajawea Elementary – Remodel and expansion; completion January 2021
  • Vancouver School of Arts and Academics – Remodel and expansion are underway; completion fall 2021

New and replacement schools

  • Fir Grove/Vista – New replacement school; completion March 2021; school to be renamed
  • McLoughlin Middle School – New school completed fall 2020, gym under construction; completion spring 2021
  • NE 25th Avenue elementary – Design work for new school complete; completion fall 2022
  • Vancouver Innovation, Technology and Arts Elementary School – Construction underway; completion fall 2022
  • Walnut Grove Elementary – Construction underway; completion spring 2021

Upgrades and improvements

  • Hazel Dell Elementary – Construction underway on Family-Community Resource Center and HVAC upgrades
  • Jason Lee Middle School – Secure entry, special education classroom remodel and HVAC improvements underway
  • Kiggins Bowl Stadium – Upgrades to stadium, concessions, restrooms and turf; construction to begin winter 2021
  • Lincoln Elementary – Family-Community Resource Center, secure entry, exterior lighting improvements; completion fall 2021
  • Minnehaha Elementary – Addition of secure entry; construction underway
  • Roosevelt Elementary – Family-Community Resource Center, secure entry; construction underway

Improvements coming soon

The following upgrades are in process; expected completion fall 2021:

  • Alki Middle School – HVAC
  • Chinook Elementary – HVAC; secure entry
  • Discovery Middle School – Secure entry
  • Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies – Parking lot lighting, auditorium
  • Fruit Valley Community Learning Center – New roof
  • Gaiser Middle School – Family-Community Resource Center, secure entry and courtyard, HVAC, locker rooms, exterior columns, cafeteria operable wall replacement
  • GATE House – New roof
  • Harney Elementary – Parking lot expansion
  • Hudson’s Bay High School – Family-Community Resource Center, HVAC/air conditioning
  • Lincoln Elementary – Family-Community Resource Center
  • Skyview High School – HVAC/air conditioning, baseball field drainage
  • Washington Elementary – Family-Community Resource Center, secure entry

Completed projects

  • Replacement schools – Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., Ogden and Truman elementaries; McLoughlin Middle School
  • New school – Vancouver iTech Preparatory
  • Classroom additions – Eisenhower Elementary, Felida Elementary, Fruit Valley Community Learning Center, Harney Elementary, Salmon Creek Elementary
  • Harney Elementary – Secure entry, Family-Community Resource Center
  • Hough Elementary – HVAC/air conditioning, windows, Family-Community Resource Center, secure entry
  • Lake Shore Elementary – Accessible playground; ADA accessible fitness path funded by the Lakeshore Parent-Teacher Association

All school construction and upgrade projects, except for the fitness path at Lake Shore Elementary, are funded by the bond measure approved in February 2017, state assistance funds, a class size reduction grant and school impact fees. Learn more about the construction projects.


This and more stories originally appeared in the January 2021 issue of Inside Vancouver Public Schools. The print version of this story incorrectly stated that the Lake Shore fitness path was paid for by bond dollars. It was paid for by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, and the project was almost two decades in the making. We regret the error.

Rendering of new elementary school to be built at NE 25th Avenue and 88th Street

NE 25th Avenue elementary rendering
(name to be determined)

new King Elementary sign

New Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary,
opened in fall 2020

New Truman Elementary exterior

New Truman Elementary, opened in fall 2020

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