Students at Ben Rush Elementary School collect stamps in their school “passport” as they learn about world geography throughout the year.
Old Redmond Schoolhouse
The Old Redmond Schoolhouse, which opened in 1922, is located on the Redmond Elementary Campus. The building, which previously served as an elementary school, has been leased to the City of Redmond since 1997 and is used as a community center.
The Long-Term Facilities Task Force recommended the district reacquire the school and make renovations so that it can be used for preschool classrooms. The old school can’t be used for K-12 classrooms, as the district previously received state funding to replace the building when the new Redmond Elementary project was completed.
Architect: Not selected yet
Contractor: Not selected yet
Location: 16600 NE 80th St, Redmond
Square Footage: 40,000
Spaces: 10 preschool classrooms, gymnasium, cafeteria/commons
Estimated Project Cost: $7,837,000 (Includes construction costs of $4.8 million 2016 dollars, $2.3 million in non-construction costs, and $.7 million in expected construction inflation)
District staff have been working closely with the city on transitioning programs out of the Old Redmond Schoolhouse when their lease ends on May 31, 2018 so that the district can begin its project. The City has been working on finding alternative spaces for their community programs and they informed us that they will have all their users out of the building by the end of March so that they can use the remaining months to remove city property, transfer utilities, etc. Visit the City of Redmond website for more information.
Building Condition/Current Situation
The district preschool programs include serving student ages three to five years old that qualify for Special Education. Students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are also served in Head Start and Ready Start programs. Additional preschool spots are made available for a fee on a space available basis. These programs are currently being offered in some elementary schools. They serve students from several neighboring elementary school boundaries.
Upgrading the Old Redmond Schoolhouse facility and using it for preschool classrooms would free up classrooms now used to house preschool at elementary schools. Those classrooms would be able to accommodate additional elementary students.