SPOKANE-- Construction crews are making progress on a project to fix up Ferris High School. The district says the project is almost 20% under budget.
Students are out for summer and come next fall, they'll return to a much different school.
Director of Capital Projects Greg Brown says everything looks to be on schedule. “We're almost there, we feel we're gonna be done on time. Everything we've done to this date points that we're gonna have everything ready for the kids.”
The project is still in phase one, and won't be fully completed until the fall of 2013, but Brown says already, there are noticeable changes. “There will be up to 40 new classrooms including the science department that they will be able to use.”
By the time the project wraps up there will be a brand new commons area, a new administration office and more parking. “We tried to include a lot of day lighting; it’s a very energy efficient building, its way more efficient than the campus that was here before.”
Brown says the new improvements are all thanks to Spokane voters. “Voters have been very generous in approving bond supported measures to help us rebuild all the high schools in Spokane.”
Officials say they plan to go back to voters in 2015 and ask for funding to renovate North Central High School. It would be the last of the five high schools in the district to be upgraded.