A school that was built in the immediate post-World War II years in Flagstaff may soon be replaced by a new $19 million facility.
Officials with the Flagstaff Unified School District have announced plans to build a new version of the Killip Elementary School, located at 2300 E. 6th Street on the northeast side of the city.
The original and current one-story school has for years been plagued by a number of structural issues, including a faulty roof and outdated cooling, heating, and electrical systems.
According to earlier reports, the hallways of the 72 year-old school are also not compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
A facilities study conducted for the district two years ago determined that it would cost as much as $9.5 million to bring the school up to date.
Now the district has determined that it would be more cost-effective in the long run to build an entirely new school, a facility that will go up near the existing Killip Elementary School on its nearly 10-acre site.
Funding for the project is coming from the passage of two proposals by area voters in the fall of 2018, providing up to $75 million for various facility construction and upgrade efforts.
As planned, the district will host a series of public input meetings this spring on the project, before work begins early next year.
It is thought that the new school will be completed in time for the fall 2022 semester.
By Garry Boulard
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