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Follow Pope Elementary construction progress on the webcam!
Posted on 11/19/2019
Follow Pope Elementary construction progress on the webcam!

Resilient. Adaptable. Patient.

These words describe Pope Elementary students, staff, and parents. They have been relocated for this school year while a beautiful remodel and expansion takes place at Pope Elementary.

Pope Elementary
In the meantime, progress continues at Pope and construction is on schedule for the grand reopening in September 2020. Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello said, “A lot of site work was needed before the building construction could begin. Now, the portables are gone and a new extension to the school is progressing every day. The roof is on and the project is ready for winter weather.”

The construction project will increase Pope to 32 home rooms, provide new office space, a large commons/cafeteria area, and additional parking. The existing building will receive modernization upgrades. After construction, Pope will have the capacity to serve 760 students, an increase of 268 students.

Pope students are housed in the old Firgrove Elementary building, 13918 Meridian E., during the 2019-20 school year with bus transportation provided. Firgrove students moved into the newly rebuilt Firgrove school in fall 2019.

“I am so pleased with the way our Pope staff embraced the move and made the old Firgrove building really feel like Pope. Our students and parents have also found a home in this temporary Pope building. We are thrilled to see the progress of our new Pope addition and remodel. We are excited for upgrades as well as a cafeteria.”  
Pope Elementary Principal Krista Bates

The remodel was designed by
Mahlum Architects, Inc. architectural firm in Seattle, and the contractor is Pease & Sons, Inc. from Tacoma.

Follow progress on the Pope project on the construction webcam.

The $27.8 million project was approved by voters in the 2015 School Construction and Facility Improvements Bond and is scheduled for completion by fall 2020. The bond also funded replacement of Firgrove, Northwood, and Sunrise elementary schools, and the district's newest elementary, Dessie F. Evans. These four projects were completed last fall. A 12-classroom addition at Hunt Elementary was also funded by the 2015 bond and opened in fall 2018. The projects generated $77.5 million in state match funding through the School Construction Assistance Program. The match funds are being used to remodel Ballou, Stahl, and Ferrucci junior highs, and construction of a student services building at the Puyallup School District Support Campus.

Pope Elementary drawing