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Renovation Complete At Washington Junior High

 Cutting the Ribbon at Washington Junior High School in Rock Island
Cutting the Ribbon at Washington Junior High School in Rock Island

The Rock Island School District has completed another major addition to one of its buildings. Friday, students and local officials cut a ribbon at Washington Junior High School for a 2.1 million dollar renovation and expansion.

Principal Kristin Allen says money for the project came from the local option sales tax in Rock Island County.

"A thank you to the Rock Island County taxpayers for the continued support of the buildings in our school system. Our students deserve the absolute best that we can provide for them every single day."

The renovation includes a secure entryway, expanded cafeteria, and new offices. The project renovated 4,000 square feet of existing space and added 3,000 square feet to the northeast side of the building.

Superintendent Reginald Lawrence thanked city and other local officials for their support

"This is a community event. When we do upgrades for our individual schools and our school district, it's not just about the school district. We are a part of the community that we live in. So we appreciate all the support that you continue to give us."

Washington Junior High first opened in 1920, and currently has 500 students in grades seven and eight.

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