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Wapato building new classrooms for high school

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Wapato High School students are getting a brand new building, and they may even get it by the end of this year.

They're still working on the foundation today, but the district says the new building should be completely finished by December. It'll be prefabricated off site and moved once it's finished. The district paid for the building with a federal grant. 

It'll have 10 classrooms, 4 of which will be science labs. The new classrooms will replace older ones built 50 years ago. The district says the older sections aren't as safe as they should be and also lack things like air conditioning and an adequate electrical system.

"It's exciting for the community, I think, to see this progress being made now, because the full project, bond funded project, won't start construction for another year," says Wapato Assistant Superintendent Dan Murray.

That other project is an upgrade to the whole school. The district says it won't be completed until 2014.  They'll demolish the old science labs once construction starts on the rest of the school.