Crews continued to work this week on the Kent School District’s new elementary school under construction at 22420 Military Road S., on the West Hill.
Voters approved a bond measure in 2016 to pay for the new school, which will cost an estimated $58.2 million, according to district officials. The school is going up at the former site of Kent Mountain View Academy. It is scheduled to open in fall 2021.
Kent Mountain View moved to a temporary location that it shares with Kent Phoenix Academy, 11000 SE 264th St. Both of those academies will move next fall to a $43.8 million school under construction at the southwest corner of 108th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 208th Street, the site of the former Panther Lake Elementary.
Crews demolished the former Kent Mountain View and Panther Lake buildings in 2019 to prepare the sites for the new schools. Kent Mountain View occupied the 50-year-old campus for 20 years that was previously the site of a military base. Kent Mountain View is a choice school option in the district for students in grades 3-12. Kent Phoenix Academy is an alternative high school.
The 2016 bond for $252 million also paid for the new Covington Elementary School that opened in 2018 at 25811 156th Ave. SE, in Covington.