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Blaine Primary School addition rises

Tiger Construction worker Robert Robison builds walls at the new 10,000-square-foot addition to Blaine Primary School on Thursday, Jan. 21. The additional five classrooms should be finished this summer.
Tiger Construction worker Robert Robison builds walls at the new 10,000-square-foot addition to Blaine Primary School on Thursday, Jan. 21. The additional five classrooms should be finished this summer. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Construction continued this week on five new classrooms at Blaine Primary School, part of a $45 million bond approved by voters in 2015.

The 10,000-square-foot addition to Blaine Primary will allow the school to support all-day, every-day kindergarten classes and should be finished this summer.

The bond money also will pay for renovations to Blaine High School and Blaine Elementary School.

School officials have said the current high school facility does not fit the technological or spatial needs for the number of students on campus. The core high school facility was built for 350 students in 1971. There are currently around 640 high school students who share a library, cafeteria and computer labs with the middle school.

Amber Porter, director of finance and operations for the school district, said the bond also would allow needed security improvements. The campus currently has 46 entrances, making it difficult to secure the building. The new building’s design would enclose it and reduce the number of entrances to three, she said.

The high school renovations are projected to cost $38 million.

Other facility improvements in the bond include expanding the cafeteria and adding four classrooms to Blaine Elementary School, improving the emergency communication system at all schools, and replacing roofs at Blaine Middle School, Blaine Primary School and Point Roberts Primary School.

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