Bellevue’s Tillicum Middle School gets $60M rebuild with security upgrades
BELLEVUE, Wash. – At the end of the month, some middle school students in Bellevue will start school in a new building. It’s equipped for learning and also the latest security features and upgrades. The $60 million Tillicum Middle School is built to keep threats out and student and staff safe.
It’s a race to rip up, nail up, and shape up the new Tillicum Middle School for 650 students’ first day of class.
“From a student’s perspective, this is a big change,” said Douglas James, Bellevue School District’s director of Safety and Security.
The changes aren’t just cosmetic, but the layout is a far cry from what most Bellevue middle schoolers are used to.
“It’s a single point of entry. They’re all going to have to come through the front door. They’re going to be greeted by staff,” James said.