Let the work begin!

With the final day of school Thursday at The Heights Elementary School, Hoffman Construction began construction for upgrades and a new gym at the elementary school. The Heights will be shut down the entire summer with no public access.

The school will be closed to staff except for critical access, Seaside School District Superintendent Sheila Roley said during a site visit Tuesday.

As part of the $100 million bond project approved by voters in 2016, students from Gearhart Elementary School and Seaside Heights will merge in the renovated and expanded building.

In addition, the district is working with the city for a new reservoir and pump station to provide water for the school and nearby residents.

Bids for the reservoir are expected by the end of June, project manager Jim Henry said.

During construction of the water tank, workers will install utilities at the middle and high school, including stormwater and electrical systems. The reservoir location may be used as center as a clearinghouse or headquarters after a Cascadia Subduction Zone event, Henry added.

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