YAKIMA--The future of the new Yakima Valley Technical School is caught up in the state budget battle.
The framework for the new building on 18th Street is up and it'll be ready for students this fall.
Here's where the problem comes in. The second phase of the project, that would double the number of students served, doesn't have a guarantee of support. It needs $23 million.
"We're trying to get all our money right now," Y.V. Tech Principal Craig Dwight said. "Our local legislators from Moses Lake to Sunnyside are all fighting to get that $23 million so we can finish this building."
Workers are putting up a temporary outside wall on one side of the building. If they get the money, they'll change that into an internal wall and add the rooms making up phase two right there. Expanding the new school to 100,000 square feet, able to serve 1200 students.