WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla Public Schools’ construction projects have been given the green light to continue. On Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee issued an order requiring Washingtonians stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
On Tuesday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal stated to all superintendents neither the proclamation nor the list of essential functions would preclude districts from continuing your construction projects.
As a result of Reykdal’s interpretation, Jackson Contractor Group of Walla Walla notified the school district that Walla Walla High School improvements will continue. Jackson Construction Group is currently building the new science building at Walla Walla High School as part of the district’s bond program.
Rylan Oakland of Jackson Contractor Group said his company has implemented social distancing protocols for all employees and subcontractors working on the project. He noted they have also added hand washing stations on the job site as a disease control preventative measure.
Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith reported over $2 million in additional bond work related to Walla Walla High School civil infrastructure improvement phase scheduled for this spring were all awarded to Walla Walla contractors. Premier Excavation secured the excavation and earthwork, Cutting Edge Plumbing will complete the plumbing elements, Walla Walla Electric is doing the electrical work and Nelson Construction Inc. is supporting concrete flat-work needs.