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School board approves new science institute building

Wed., Aug. 22, 2012, 6:08 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools’ board voted unanimously Wednesday to approve $21.4 million in proposed bond projects — $16 million at North Central High School and $5.4 million at Mullan Road Elementary School.

The proposal comes after the district determined it had an unexpected savings of $47.9 million because of low construction costs for current bond projects. Administrators wanted to get started early on improvements planned to begin in 2015.

The $5.4 million in improvements to Mullan Road Elementary will replace an annex building and a 1977 addition, which was a portion of another school originally built in 1956. The renovation will consolidate students and staff into one building and add 10 classrooms.

The 30,000-square-foot addition to the high school will add classrooms, eliminating students’ long trek to the annex buildings, school officials said.

A new, three-story building will consolidate all the science classrooms to one area and add six science labs. Additionally, the third floor will be designated to the Institute of Science and Technology. It will include two main labs, a sterile room, a prep room and a climate-controlled room.

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