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North Kitsap School District Celebrates Groundbreaking of Suquamish Elementary Gymnasium Addition

North Kitsap School District Celebrates Groundbreaking of Suquamish Elementary Gymnasium Addition

The North Kitsap School District marked a significant milestone today with the groundbreaking ceremony for the addition of the Suquamish Elementary Gymnasium. Amidst a gathering of esteemed guests, student representatives, tribal council members, elected officials, and district leaders, the event celebrated the commencement of a project that holds profound significance for the Suquamish community.

Student representatives from each grade level joined Suquamish Tribal Council members, elected officials, and district officials in the ceremonial turning of the dirt. Tribal Chairman Leonard Forsman delivered poignant opening remarks, emphasizing the historical importance of education as outlined in the Point Elliot Treaty signed by Chief Seattle. Forsman also acknowledged the generations who have attended Suquamish Elementary, highlighting the enduring legacy of education within the community.

Rachel Davenport, Interim Superintendent of North Kitsap School District, expressed gratitude to the contractors, architect firm, elected officials, and tribal council for their unwavering support and partnership. "Creating a space dedicated to physical education and serving the community of Suquamish is essential for fostering holistic growth and community engagement," shared Davenport, highlighting the project's multifaceted impact on students and the broader community.

This project was approved by voters as part of the 2022 Capital Levy, and NKSD deeply appreciates the local community's voter support and commitment to quality learning spaces for our students.

The groundbreaking ceremony symbolizes the collective commitment to providing all students equitable access to quality education and facilities. The addition of a dedicated gymnasium space not only addresses immediate needs but also honors the historical legacy of education within the Suquamish community.

Key project details include:

  • 4,200 square foot gymnasium addition
  • Separate, secure entrances for community use
  • Provides dedicated space for Physical Education, allowing increased flexibility for learning throughout the school
  • Estimated budget of approximately $4.5 million
  • Architect: Bassetti Architects
  • General Contractor: Pacific General Builders, LLC
  • Anticipated completion: September 2024

The addition of the Suquamish Elementary Gymnasium represents a significant investment in the future of education and community well-being. As construction progresses in our schools, the North Kitsap School District remains committed to providing students with the resources they need to thrive academically, physically, and socially.