Black Diamond Elementary
The new Black Diamond Elementary school building is scheduled to open Fall 2017. Students and staff will spend the 2016-2017 school year in the J.J. Smith Elementary building, located at 1640 Fell Street in Enumclaw, while demolition and construction occurs.
- 51,725 square feet building designed to promote large and small group collaborative learning in 19 general classrooms, Art Room, Library, Resource Room, Music Stage and Flexible Learning Spaces all under one roof
- Multipurpose Room with stage (designed for optimal acoustics) and Gym that provides learning space during school hours and available for community use during non-school times
- Promotes safety and security with open sight lines, secure entrances and clear public entry
- Budget-conscious and environmentally-friendly design by incorporating natural daylight, recycled materials and durable finishes
- Exterior spaces provide opportunities for learning experiences as well including interior courtyard and rain gardens
- Large plaza that provides an open, welcoming entry
Click here to access the full size pdf of the Black Diamond Elementary School Project Schedule.
For decades, Black Diamond was its own school district with K-12 students occupying a two-story building which was replaced with a one-story building in 1962 that housed K-8 students. In 1975, Black Diamond joined the Enumclaw School District. The building received another addition of classrooms and a library space in 2002, bringing it to 29,902 square feet.
The school sits on two parcels of land that were deeded to the Enumclaw School District by Palmer Coking Coal Company - one for a school site, where the current building is located, the other for recreational use, where the field, play area and baseball field sit.
In 2015, more than 300 students attended Black Diamond Elementary, 40 percent of whom were housed in portables outside the building's 10 classrooms. Enumclaw and Black Diamond voters passed a bond by supermajority in April 2015. The bond funds were combined with state funds to demolish the existing structure and then construct a two-story building that brings students and staff together under one roof for a safe and uniform learning environment.
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