Work finishing on Everett schools headquarters

Workers are finishing construction on the Everett School District’s new $23.8 million administration building, with the first offices expected to open for business Oct. 14.

The two-story, 66,365-square-foot building is on the corner of Broadway and 41st Street SE in Everett, adjacent to the Everett AquaSox baseball field.

“I understand the carpets are in and the painting is done,” said Mary Waggoner, school district spokeswoman. “There’s lots of work going on to get it finished so there’s no obstacles in the way for the move-in.”

Staff will continue moving until early November. Approximately 150 employees eventually will work there.

The first school board meeting in the new quarters is scheduled for Nov. 26.

A new, larger room for school board meetings will be a welcome change for people who show up for the twice-monthly meetings at its current building at 4730 Colby Ave. The space there is small and cramped with seating for just 50 people. That can often leave people standing in the hallway waiting for a seat.

“The meeting room will be much bigger,” Waggoner said, with capacity for up to 255 people. “We will have the ability to double the size of the board room with panels that open and close. People won’t be standing in the hall.”

The building will have a number of conference rooms available for rent by community groups, she said.

Talk of the need for a new administration building dates back nearly two decades.

A series of community meetings was held in 2008 to discuss plans for its construction. Those plans were scuttled in 2009 because of the economic recession.

In 2011, the school board decided to move ahead with the project, bundling it in one vote with plans to build new tracks at Cascade and Jackson high schools.

The new building will replace administrative offices now scattered among three sites. The Colby Avenue building, where Superintendent Gary Cohn has his office, was designed in 1964. “It’s lasted approximately 50 years, but even it is not large enough for all the staff,” Waggoner said.

Other employees are now working in portable classrooms behind Jackson Elementary School.

Another group of offices is housed in the Longfellow building at 3715 Oakes Ave. The former elementary school was built in 1911 and converted to an office building in 1970.

Energy costs per square foot for the Colby and Oakes buildings exceed those of any of the district’s schools, Waggoner said.

Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486; ssalyer@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

These little piggies stay home

Norman, who was spotted last week in Everett, is part of a trio kept as pets by the “pig whisperer.”

Cheering families welcome Kidd, Shoup after 6 months at sea

“I get back Daddy back today,” said one homemade sign at Naval Station Everett.

Stanwood man, 33, killed in crash near Marysville

Speed may have been a factor, the sheriff’s department said.

Street-legal ATVs approved for some roads near Sultan

Supporters foresee tourism benefits. Opponents are concerned about injury and pollution risks.

Jamie Copeland is a senior at Cedar Park Christian Schools’ Mountlake Terrace campus. She is a basketball player, ASB president, cheerleader and, of course, a Lion. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Cedar Park Christian senior stepping up to new challenges

Jamie Copeland’s academics include STEM studies, leadership, ASB activities, honor society.

Woman, 47, found dead in Marysville jail cell

She’d been in custody about four days after being arrested on warrants, police said.

County plans to sue to recoup costs from ballot drop-box law

A quarter-million dollars could be spent adding 19 ballot boxes in rural areas.

Providence Hospital in Everett at sunset Monday night. Officials Providence St. Joseph Health Ascension Health reportedly are discussing a merger that would create a chain of hospitals, including Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, plus clinics and medical care centers in 26 states spanning both coasts. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)
Merger would make Providence part of health care behemoth

Providence St. Joseph Health and Ascension Health are said to be talking. Swedish would also be affected.

5 teens in custody in drug-robbery shooting death

They range in age from 15 to 17. One allegedly fatally shot a 54-year-old mother, whose son was wounded.

Most Read