Pope Elementary Groundbreaking Ceremony
Work begins on Pope Elementary remodel and expansion
Posted on 05/06/2019

It was all smiles on the blacktop at Pope Elementary on Friday, May 3, as a groundbreaking ceremony kicked off the beginning of a construction remodel and expansion for Pope Elementary. The $27.8 million project was approved by voters in the 2015 School Construction and Facility Improvements Bond and is scheduled for completion by fall 2020.

Pope GroundbreakingAs students and staff wearing yellow construction hats stood on the blacktop near a tractor, balloons, and ceremonial golden shovels Superintendent Tim Yeomans, Principal Krista Bates, Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello, and Chief Communications Officer Brian Fox addressed the crowd.

“Imagine that you are standing in your new lunchroom right now. You will no longer have to pick up your lunches in the entry way and eat them in your classrooms,” said Casello.

The construction project will increase Pope to 32 home rooms, provide new office space, a large commons/cafeteria area, and additional parking. The existing building will receive modernization upgrades. After construction, Pope will have the capacity to serve 760 students, an increase of 268 students.

The remodel was designed by Mahlum architectural firm in Seattle, and the contractor is Pease & Sons, Inc. from Tacoma.

Pope students will be housed in the current Firgrove Elementary building during the 2019-20 school year with bus transportation provided. Firgrove students will move into the newly rebuilt Firgrove school in fall 2019.

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Follow progress on the Pope project on the construction webcam.


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Nancy French
frenchnl@puyallup.k12.wa.us