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Busiest construction year to date has students and teachers shuffling.

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Spokane public school officials say 7 "major" construction projects are still going on at several schools just days before students head back on September 3rd. Spokane public school officials say 7 "major" construction projects are still going on at several schools just days before students head back on September 3rd.
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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Public School officials say 7 major construction projects are still going on at several schools just days before students head back on September 3rd. The district's $332 million dollar plan includes updates to 4 elementary schools and Ferris High School. Roofing and flooring at 9 elementary schools and security, technology and safety upgrades for the entire district. Some of the work is already complete, but much of it will affect hundreds of students and parents this year.

Hutton Elementary is closed because of a $28 million dollar construction project going on right now. District officials say Hutton students will be bussed to the old Jefferson Elementary on 37th and Grand for the school year. The district plans to have students back in Finch Elementary after winter break. Students there have been displaced because of construction and have been attending the old Westview and Woodridge Elementary schools since last year. Construction is also going on at Mullan Road Elementary which is slated to wrap up in December.

District officials say there have been some extra things happen that have been unknown to them making this year the busiest construction year displacing the most students. Greg Brown, the District's Capital Projects Director told KHQ on Tuesday that the legislature has talked about lowering class size. 

"We have decided to start the process of lowering class size in kindergarten and first grade down to 20 students per classroom." Brown said.

With that the District moved programs to free up space. Renovations and construction became "more important" to do to accommodate smaller class sizes. Brown also told KHQ that the District asked the state to help fund the skill center project at North Central High School about 5 years ago. Funding for the project was just recently made available by the state, Brown said.

To find a full list of projects and cost within the Spokane School District you can click on the district link. http://www.spokaneschools.org/page/2936

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