Get the books and paper out because the new Eisenhower High School will open its doors as scheduled and in time for the new year, which may dishearten some students who hope for delays that would extend their summer break.

The Spokane-based Graham Construction and Management presented its latest update at the Yakima school board meeting on Friday saying the mechanical systems will soon be running, the kitchen staff is learning to use the new equipment and teachers will be moving in to the school August 19, ready for the first day of school on August 27.

The new high school is a $100 million-plus project that is almost complete with it possible the courtyard running north to south between the buildings and auditorium not completed before classes start, but these will not jeopardize the occupancy inspections, according to The Yakima Herald Republic. 

Ready for school on August 27 is especially encouraging for Superintendent Elaine Beraza, who said the school can survive without the unfinished auditorium, but not having the gymnasium would have been devastating because students will report to the gymnasium on that Tuesday.

The school is part of a 20-year, $114 million bond approved by Yakima voters in 2009 to rebuild Eisenhower and Stanton Academy and renovate Davis High School.