A new Ketchikan elementary school will be built off the South Tongass Highway.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District has already begun efforts to design and build the new school. The project is estimated to cost $9.7 million, though the borough has only $8.6 million ready to spend. However, the cost is almost $3 million less than the projected cost of building on borough-owned land in Bear Valley.
The South Tongass location measures 87 acres, with room for a proposed running track, soccer/football field and any other desired future expansion, said teacher Barbara Kinunen.
The borough's construction engineer, Ray Bloom, said at a Dec. 18 assembly meeting that construction is at least six months away. Completion of the building will probably occur in 2004, or perhaps 2003, he said.