The Bellingham School Board is asking district officials to come up with a plan to reopen Lowell Elementary School in fall 2010.
The plan is due to the board for review at the next meeting, Thursday, Oct. 8. There is no word as to when the board might take action on the proposed plan.
Lowell has been closed since the end of the 2007-08 school year. During the 2008-09 school year, crews needed the building empty to perform seismic retrofitting, which was one of many projects approved in a 2006 bond. The school remained closed for this school year as a way to save money during budget cuts.
District officials have always said the closure would be temporary, although this is the first step I’ve seen towards reopening the building.
There will be some additional improvements done to the building this school year, including painting and repairing some worn brick mortar joints.