WHITEFISH — One of Montana's largest elementary school in Whitefish is now 60% complete.
Passed by a $26.5 million bond, Dow Powell -- the owner's representative for the district -- says the new building is set for completion next spring. Once done, the new elementary school building will hold over 700 students.
The new building will have a media center, an 8,000 square foot gym and nods to Montana throughout the structure like blue and red rock like those found in Flathead Lake.
Powell tells MTN News that the new building is desperately needed as the existing elementary school leaks in the winter and barely has enough room to hold students.
"We've got seven hundred kids packed into a school built in the 1960's with an addition in the early 90's. They're not sized for seven hundred kids whatsoever. They're making due with it but their classroom and they're utilizing every space and every closet in the existing school,” said Powell.
Construction is on schedule and the new building will be open next school year.