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Aerial image of Ephrata WA with boundary outlines of new school campus property.

EPHRATA, Wash. – The Ephrata School District recently acquired 40.33 acres of land near the Port of Ephrata for future school construction. The land is intended to assist future school administration as the population of Ephrata continues to grow. 

“We’ve been watching residential construction boom in the area,” said Tim Payne, Ephrata School District Superintendent. “By locking in this purchase now, we believe we are taking prudent financial steps to protect the district as the cost of land in the area continues to increase.”

According to the City of Ephrata, 127 buildable lots have been approved for construction within city limits during the past year, with an additional 329 in early planning stages. In the first 10 weeks of 2022, permits for 46 single family homes were issued. That number far exceeds the 34 permits issues for all of 2021.

“The City of Ephrata’s building department is one of the busiest in the county,” said Ephrata City Administrator, Mike Warren. “Residential growth is happening all over Ephrata. As the city’s population increases, planning for additional schools to hold new families makes a tremendous amount of sense.”

The Ephrata School District committed to purchase the 40.33 acre plot, Parcel #130538083, for $423,000 on April 1, 2022 from SeaCal Properties, Inc. The district has 120 days to complete a due diligence analysis of the property. Final board approval and payment will be made following this process.

No dollars from the current bond projects were used to make this purchase.


About Ephrata Schools:
Since 1909, Ephrata Schools have provided a quality public education to all students, regardless of ability, race, wealth, language, religion or country of origin. At Ephrata Schools, we exist for kids and learning. We are deeply committed to every child's journey and work hard to ensure that every student graduates ready for career and life. For more information about the Ephrata School District, please visit 

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