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Davis High School Starts The School Year With A Huge Construction Project

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 YAKIMA, WA.- Davis High School is what they call a phase project, they allow staff and students to be on site during the entire construction process.

Staff at Davis told us at KNDO that they just finished up work on a new art wing, which houses a completely renovated library, administration office, and classrooms.

The district's head of construction told us it's been a long process since all of this began almost 2 years ago and students and staff have jumped through hoops to accommodate the construction.

"They've had to put up with a lot of construction messes, they've had to use dirt trails for sidewalks, they've had to reroute and had to be in buildings that have been a little uncomfortable," Construction Principal, Jim Wright told us.

But Wright told me the support they've gotten from students and families has made the transition easier to deal, "Davis faculty and students have just been tremendous, they've been cooperative and they understand what it takes to get a huge project like this finished."

The next phase of construction will include building of a new gymnasium. This will allow all 2,100 students to gather for assemblies.

In addition the athletic department will get a new wrestling room, three basketball courts and seating for over 2,400 people.

 Wright told us these new additions will hopefully boost Yakima's reputation and make it a more attractive place to live, "Someone that comes in and thinks about moving to Yakima will say this community cares about kids, this community cares about building the city of Yakima."

Construction still has about a year left to go, but with students taking advantage of the buildings already completed, the school district doesn't see this affecting the staff or students negatively this year.