Progress continues on new middle school

September 21, 2015

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 2015

NAC Architecture Designs for the future Newcastle middle school show an open plaza entrance with benches for seating, and lots of windows in the two-story building.

NAC Architecture
Designs for the future Newcastle middle school show an open plaza entrance with benches for seating, and lots of windows in the two-story building.

Construction on the new Renton School District middle school is on time and on budget. Read more

Old Hazelwood sees its final days

October 3, 2014

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School’s out for Hazelwood building

July 31, 2014

By Greg Farrar An empty hallway at Renton Academy, which was the former Hazelwood Elementary School when constructed in 1963, waits for demolition to begin as early as Aug. 4 for the new middle school to be built on the site by the Renton School District in time for the 2016-17 school year.

By Greg Farrar
An empty hallway at Renton Academy, which was the former Hazelwood Elementary School when constructed in 1963, waits for demolition to begin as early as Aug. 4 for the new middle school to be built on the site by the Renton School District in time for the 2016-17 school year.

Newcastle at 20

July 31, 2014

By Megan Erb Then-Hazelwood Elementary School Principal Mary Ford stands in front of the old school building during its final days in 2005. Students returned that fall to a new Hazelwood built just next door. The building has been home to the Renton Academy, a kindergarten through 12th-grade special-education school, since 2006. Demolition of the structure begins this summer to make way for a new middle school set to open in fall 2016.

By Megan Erb
Then-Hazelwood Elementary School Principal Mary Ford stands in front of the old school building during its final days in 2005. Students returned that fall to a new Hazelwood built just next door. The building has been home to the Renton Academy, a kindergarten through 12th-grade special-education school, since 2006. Demolition of the structure begins this summer to make way for a new middle school set to open in fall 2016.

Police Blotter

May 31, 2012

Civic swiped

A 1994 black Honda Civic with Washington license plates was reported stolen April 25 in the 6800 block of Coal Creek Parkway.

Overdrawn account

A Newcastle woman reported April 25 that someone had been using checks to draw money out of her checking account. She became aware of the problem when she went into the Newcastle branch of Bank of America and told she was overdrawn.

Burglary

A woman who lives at the Newport Crossing apartments, 7311 Coal Creek Parkway, reported her Pioneer car stereo was stolen from her vehicle, and $230 in cash was taken from her and her roommate from the apartment April 26.

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Bond funds new middle school in Renton district

May 3, 2012

Voters pass school measure with 60.57 percent of the vote

Newcastle will be the home of a new Renton School District middle school after residents voted to fund the project as a part of a $97 million school bond that passed by 60.57 percent April 17.

More than 10,300 people voted in favor of the measure, which funds the school, improvements to the Lindbergh High School pool and other construction costs, while about 6,700 rejected it.

School district spokesman Randy Matheson said while the district has not yet begun laying out specifics of the school, it should open its doors by the 2016 school year.

The Renton School Board voted Feb. 29 to rerun the bond after its first run in the Feb. 14 special election originally came up two points shy — or about 300 votes — of the 60 percent needed to pass.

Of the $97 million requested by the district, $53.2 million will go toward building the new middle school in Newcastle and $5.5 million will go toward improvements of the Lindbergh High School swimming pool.

About $5 million will be used for the district’s land acquisition for future projects, $5.9 million will go for upgrading existing facilities, $8.8 million will go toward energy conservation district wide and $18.6 million will go toward building upgrades for existing structures.

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Police blotter

May 3, 2012

Purse snatched from cart

A woman’s purse was reportedly stolen from her cart while she was waiting for the bus in front of the Safeway next to the handicapped parking stalls in the 6900 block of Coal Creek Parkway on April 4.

Liquor pilferer

A suspicious male who had previously stolen liquor from the Washington State Liquor Store, 6927 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., returned to the store April 6. The subject left without stealing anything before police arrived.

Motorcycle stolen

A man, who moved to Newcastle from Georgia 10 days prior, reported his yellow Honda CBRR motorcycle was missing April 8. The motorcycle was parked in a designated parking stall next to the garage parking at the northwest exit to the Newport Crossing complex at the 7300 block of Coal Creek Parkway.

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Renton bond back before voters in April 17 special election

April 5, 2012

Measure would provide funding for a Newcastle middle school

The Renton School Board voted Feb. 29 to rerun a $97 million building improvement bond that would fund a new middle school in Newcastle among other projects.

The bond, which originally came up two points shy of the 60 percent needed to pass in the Feb. 14 special election, will run again April 17.

Citizens for Renton Schools Chair John Galluzzo said a major setback to gathering enough support for the bond the first time was not giving residents a clear picture of what the bond would mean to them financially.

The election was about 335 votes short of the ballots needed to approve the bond, he said.

“We are confident that once we explain in further detail and do a better job of what that cost will be that people will jump at it,” he said.

The bond measure’s proposed bond collection rate would be an increase of about 18 cents per $1,000 in assessed property value, or about $46 per year for the average homeowner, according to district officials. That rate includes funding from all past voter-approved bond measures plus the new bond measure.

The proposed rate for those living in the district would increase to $5.39 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2013, up from $5.21 per $1,000 per assessed value in 2012.

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Middle school bond shy of necessary votes needed to pass

February 15, 2012

UPDATED — 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 2012

A Renton School District bond that would provide funding for a new middle school in Newcastle is about three points shy of the 60 percent needed to pass, according to King County’s special election results.

The $97 million bond would fund the new middle school at the former Hazelwood Elementary School site, now home to the Renton Academy.

The Renton Academy facility would be torn down and a new building would be built in its place. The facility could be a traditional middle school or a magnet school to focus on a specialized curriculum, such a math or science.

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$97 million bond calls for middle school

December 1, 2011

Boundaries for Renton School District wouldn’t be redrawn until after election

The Renton School District will put three measures before voters Feb. 14 — including a $97 million building improvement bond that might have big implications for where students from Newcastle attend middle school.

The bond would fund a new middle school in Newcastle at the former Hazelwood Elementary School site, now home to the Renton Academy. The academy provides alternative education services for students in the district. It will be moved to a new location if the bond passes, according to district spokesman Randy Matheson.

“We can do something with that property, and roughly an 800-student middle school is what we’re thinking right now,” he said. “Right now, McKnight Middle School has over 1,200 kids. Nelsen Middle School has over 1,100 kids. Dimmitt Middle School has over 1,000 kids. There’s a lot of teen spirit going on in those buildings.”

Matheson said middle schools in the district should ideally support between 800 and 900 students. Adding a middle school would benefit student ratios in each of the four schools if the bond measure passes, he said.

The Renton Academy facility would be torn down and a new building would be built in its place. The facility could be a traditional middle school or a magnet school to focus on a specialized curriculum, such a math or science.

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