We are pleased to announce that the district’s newest elementary school, most recently referred to as Elementary 18, was officially named at the July 18 school board meeting. Wilburton Elementary, named after the Bellevue community it resides in, is currently under construction and will open fall 2018.
Located in the Wilburton community at the corner of Main Street and 124th Ave NE, the new Wilburton Elementary School will house approximately 650 students, preschool through fifth grade. It will draw students from around the downtown and Wilburton areas, relieving overcrowding at Enatai, Woodridge, and Clyde Hill elementary schools.
The 82,000 square foot facility designed by BLRB Architects and built by Edifice Construction, will be a state-of-the-art facility that takes advantage of the natural slope on the property, maximizes natural light in every classroom, and provides additional open learning spaces for small group instruction. The school will also have a playground, an all-weather field and a 41-car drop-off/pick-up line to minimize the impact on surface streets.
Wilburton Elementary will be lead by principal Beth Hamilton. Ms. Hamilton has worked for the Bellevue School District for 15 years, the last 6 years as principal at Medina Elementary. During the 2017-18 school year, Ms. Hamilton will be preparing for the new school, hiring its staff, and engaging the school’s new community. “We have so many great things we can do together as we build our Wilburton Elementary community! I can’t wait to start meeting the students and building their love of learning” said Mrs. Hamilton in a recent interview.
On July 19, Bellevue School District, builders, architects, some future students and families of Wilburton Elementary joined together for a formal groundbreaking ceremony to mark the building of Bellevue’s first new neighborhood school since 1972 when the original Somerset Elementary was built.