Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA Pacific South announces plans to renovate Bechtel Elementary School

For Immediate Release — February 4, 2022 | Pacific

Bechtel ES Renovation 2022

William C. Bechtel Elementary School

OKINAWA, JAPAN — February 4, 2022 — DoDEA Pacific South District Superintendent’s Office is pleased to announce a large-scale renovation and new construction project at Bechtel Elementary School. The district anticipates construction to begin Summer 2023.

The $94.85 million project will include extensive renovations to the main building as well as new construction of approximately 81,000 square feet, new furnishings, and playground improvements.

“The planned renovations and new construction at Bechtel Elementary School will provide our students residing on camps Courtney and McTureous, as well as the off-base attendance area, with an updated facility that promotes collaboration and supports the needs of 21st century learners,” said DoDEA Pacific South Acting Superintendent Dr. Jackie Ferguson.

In preparation for the school’s planned renovation, the district will relocate approximately 150 students to Ralph Stearley Primary School and Amelia Earhart Intermediate School on Kadena Air Base for the 2022-23 school year. The relocated attendance area includes students residing off-base south of Camp McTureous.

When Bechtel Elementary closes for construction following the 2022-23 school year, all remaining Bechtel students will be transitioned to Ryukyu Middle School, located at Kadena Air Base, for the duration of construction.