New school to be built thanks to overwhelming voter support of 2016 Capital Facilities Levy
February 8, 2017 — Renton School Board members at tonight's meeting authorized the next phase of construction of the new Sartori Elementary School at 332 Park Ave. North, in Renton. The board approved seeking bids to construct the 77,500 square foot school building, along with playgrounds, parking and bus drop-off space. The new, much-needed elementary school is being built on the 5.28 acre block of Park Ave. North and Garden Ave. North, Renton, thanks to overwhelming voter support in the Feb. 2016 school construction levy election. The school is needed now as students and families continue to move into the district.
The old Sartori School, built in 1956, was recently razed to make way for the new three-story, 650-student-school. The district also purchased and razed houses and a grocery store on the block to be able to include soft and hard play surfaces, a grass field, a covered play area, and parking for parents, staff, and visitors. The site includes space for 14 school bus loading and unloading spaces.
Work over the past months to prepare the site for construction of the new school has included:
The new school will include classroom learning spaces, a library, a gymnasium, and a commons and kitchen space. Site development will also include pedestrian and vehicle paved areas, covered play structure, landscaped areas, and a grass field.
Sartori Elementary School will feature a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) focused curricula. The school will feature optional enrollment rather than traditional fixed boundaries. Plans are to accommodate children from the local neighborhood while also balancing opportunities for families from other areas of the district.This concept enables the school to serve the broader district while enabling parents an option that varies from traditional elementary curricula. A principal and other leadership for the school will be identified soon to enable more detailed planning efforts for curriculum, staffing and student enrollment.
Construction is anticipated to begin April 2017, with occupancy anticipated in July 2018.
Read more about the new school at the Sartori Elementary School webpage.