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Yakima School District continues with high school upgrades

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima School District continues to move forward with its upgrades to Davis and Eisenhower High Schools.

Last week, the district finally accepted a contractor's bid for remodeling Davis after the first round of bids came in too high.

The district was forced to cut improvements to the arts center out of their plans, including a change in seating and a new band room.

More than 100 students protested the arts cuts last Friday.

The district says it will still spend 1.8 million dollars on the arts center for things like new flooring and classroom lighting.

However other priorities like increasing classroom sizes and campus security pulled the other items off the table.

"We took a look at it, we had a very beautiful plan, but when that first set of bids came through, it was very evident that we weren't able to provide every detail," says Jim Wright with the Yakima School District.

Construction on Davis is planned to start next month and should wrap up by 2015.

As for the new Eisenhower building crews say it's about halfway done.

They expect to open the school in fall 2013.