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Lexington elementary rendering

A rendering of the main entry to Lexington Elementary School as it would look under the most recent design plan.

The Kelso School District will offer a first look at its plans for new elementary schools during a “virtual tour” Wednesday evening.

Architects working with the district prepared an animated walk-through and flyover for both buildings based on artist renderings of the school designs, said district spokeswoman Michele Larsen.

“It’ll almost be like you are looking at the school with a drone. … It’s just a super cool simulation of what it will look like,” Larsen said.

The animations are “really close” to what citizens can expect of the final design, she said.

“I think it will be a great way for people to get excited about the new schools. They really will be state of the art schools, and that’s great for Kelso,” Larsen said.

As part of a $98.6 million bond measure passed in February 2017, the Kelso district is building a new Wallace Elementary School and replacing Catlin and Beacon Hill elementaries with a 950-student school in Lexington. Construction on Wallace is slated to begin in May, while the Lexington project will start later this summer.

The virtual tour starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Kelso High School auditorium. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session, Larsen said.

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