KENNEWICK, Wash. -- It took one year, but students and staff of Southgate Elementary will be moving back in to a remodeled building.
Community leaders, joined parents and the Southgate family in the ribbon cutting of the school. The thirty one year old building was completely renovated with new electrical, plumbing, and ventilation work. In addition, students and staff will find larger classrooms and a new gym.
"One of the simplest deals is that they have a cafeteria now. They used to have to eat on a carpeted gym floor, now they got a real gym now, computer upgrades I'm sure are going to help the kids too," says Brandon Eissens, a parent of two kids at Southgate.
Money for the project came from a $68 million dollar bond passed in 2009. Those funds are being used to renovate four elementary schools in the district. The entire remodeling process should be complete by 2014.