New school building first of its kind in state 

With its exposed wood walls, the smell of wood is unsurprising in Jefferson Elementary School’s new building.

The building, which was built using cross-laminated timber, is the first of its kind in the state. Its ribbon-cutting Monday drew officials including Gov. Jay Inslee and state Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon.

The Mount Vernon School District was one of five in the state to receive a grant to construct new classrooms using the prefabricated, solidly engineered wood paneling.

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