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Public invited to groundbreaking ceremony for Vancouver iTech Preparatory

The event is Fri., Sept. 7, 11-11:30 a.m., at the Washington State University Vancouver campus

VANCOUVER — The public is invited to a ceremonial groundbreaking event to kick off construction of the new Vancouver iTech Preparatory. The event is Fri., Sept. 7, 11-11:30 a.m., at the Washington State University Vancouver campus.  

The ceremony will include remarks by WSU Vancouver Chancellor Mel Netzhammer, VPS Superintendent Steve Webb and VPS Board President Rosemary Fryer. Several students will participate in the ceremony.

The groundbreaking will be held at the future site of the school at NE 50th Avenue and NE 159th Street. Guests should:

  • Consider carpooling to the event as parking is limited.
  • Park only in the gray 1 parking lot; parking is free from 10 a.m. to noon only.
  • Shuttles will transport you from gray 1 parking lot to the groundbreaking site.
  • The groundbreaking site has uneven ground; please wear appropriate footwear.

Vancouver iTech Preparatory, a STEM magnet school for grades six through 12, opened in 2012 in two locations approximately 10 miles apart. Middle school students attend classes at the Jim Parsley Community Center and the high school program is located in the Clark College building at WSU Vancouver.

The new school is scheduled to open to high school students in January 2020. Middle school students will move into the campus for the start of school in fall 2020.

Construction contracts are subject to school board approval and funded by a bond measure approved by voters in February 2017.

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