Moses Lake Enjoys New School Building

October 01, 2002 | Judi Wentland

Only six months after breaking ground for a new school in March 2001, Moses Lake, Wash., members were able to begin using their partially completed 40,000-square-foot building.

To make it all possible, they donated approximately 2,000 man-hours, working under project manager Vern Pflugrad, his assistant, Hugh Thomas, and Gary Morgan, Building Committee chairman.

The steel-structure building was designed by Shawn McCrary, Adventist owner of Tektoniks, a “Design-Build Firm.” The school’s upper floor remains unfinished, awaiting future expansion needs.

Day Care

Brite Beginnings Day Care took occupancy Oct. 22, with attendance of up to 85 children per day. Previously licensed for only 40 children, in the new facility it now can accept up to 120.

Tammy Smith, Day Care director and kindergarten teacher, plans to take full advantage of the larger capacity. She has expanded the curriculum to provide a preschool program for three- and four-year-olds, offer care before and after school hours, and provide a summer program.

Thirty-five Students

Meanwhile, 35 students in grades one through nine enjoyed a much-needed extra classroom, a library, and a computer lab not formerly available.

Teachers for the first school year in the new school were Ruben Artiga, principal and grades 7-9 teacher; Cheri Jenkins, grades 1-3; Cindy Myers, grades 4-6; and Florence Schaffer, administrative/resource teacher. •