ABERDEEN, Wash. – A new elementary in Aberdeen could be the topic of public forums in the coming years, and Steven’s Elementary is a good target for replacement. School Superintendent Tom Opstad said at this week’s school board meeting in the new High School “As we look ahead, knowing the bond for this facility will be paid out in 2023, we need to start planning now so that we can look at transitioning.”
Opstad said Steven’s qualifies for some matching funds from the state because it hasn’t been remodeled in over 30 years, he plans to meet with the state to discuss options and numbers. “I guess the final thing on that is the discussion on where Stevens sits now, as an example. Would we want to look at replacing it there, or we do have that 23 acres, so we want to be able to have a community meeting to talk about that.” Reffering to property owned by the district that sits above the flood plain, near Grays Harbor College, Opstad said he plans to research possible alternative funding sources such as FEMA, if the school doubled as an emergency shelter for instance.