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Construction begins on Dessie F. Evans Elementary
Construction begins on Dessie F. Evans Elementary
Posted on 04/24/2018
Construction begins on Dessie F. Evans Elementary

Third-grade student Ellyson Switzer and her mother Holly shared their excitement for Puyallup’s newest elementary school during a groundbreaking ceremony at the site on April 20. While Ellyson waits with anticipation to learn the colors and mascot for her new school, Holly, who participated on the schools advisory team and naming committee, says she now has a better vision of where the school will be located on the property.

Dessie Evans ElementaryThe ceremony officially launches construction of Dessie F. Evans Elementary, scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. Future students, district leadership, and community members gathered among balloons and ceremonial gold-painted shovels to recognize the significance of the event. On hand were School Board President Kathy Yang, School Board Director Maddie Names, Principal Kevin Hampton, Assistant Principal Kris Diamond, and representatives from NAC Architecture who designed the school, and general contractor GARCO.

Superintendent Tim Yeomans and Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello thanked the staff and community for their support of Puyallup students.

Located at 7911 144th St. E., Dessie F. Evans Elementary will be one of the largest elementary schools in the state with 44 homerooms and a capacity to hold 1,030 students. The school is approximately 110,000 square feet and has a unique zig-zag design feature to enhance lighting and allow for teaming amongst classrooms.

The school is named after longtime Puyallup teacher Dessie Evans. She retired in 2008 after 33 years at Kalles Junior High teaching Social Studies. Evans is described as a woman of character and integrity and a masterful teacher in the classroom who realized that a ‘one option’ approach will not serve every learner.

The voter approved 2015 School Construction and Facility Improvements bond addresses the need for elementary school classroom space. It will replace Firgrove, Northwood, and Sunrise elementary schools, remodel Pope Elementary, add a 12 classroom addition to Hunt Elementary, and build the new Dessie F. Evans Elementary.

The new and replacement schools are intended to relieve overcrowding from continued enrollment growth in the district’s elementary schools.

More information and continued updates can be found on the district’s Foundations For Our Future website.