BREMERTON — View Ridge Elementary will be growing between school years, with the addition of a new portable classroom expected to be installed sometime after June.
For $135,061, the Bremerton School District is purchasing a portable “from a company that had an available portable that our staff have had good success dealing with,” said BSD communication coordinator Patty Glaser.
The company, Pacific Mobile Structures, Inc., provided the school board a breakdown of the cost, which is based on conditions such as the portable’s site being flat, level and truck accessible; utility and plumbing connections being made by the customer; foundations being pressure-treated wood pony walls set above grade; and more.
The portable itself will be a 28-foot-by-64-foot double modular classroom without a restroom. It will have a nylon carpet and a standard 28-foot ramp. The school board unanimously approved the purchase at the March 3 meeting.
“The portable will address our capacity for next year on the east side (of Bremerton),” Glaser said, “but it is not a long-term solution, as our enrollment increases and the state decreases class size.”
Glaser said the district continues “to look ahead at space capacity” while keeping in mind the goal of smaller class sizes, as well as where population growth is projected to occur within the district.
“As we look forward to the replacement of a school like Naval Avenue and growing needs in East Bremerton, we will need to make some decisions about looking at a bond,” Glaser said.