The tribes and the Jefferson County School District have agreed to build the first new school on reservation land since the Warm Springs Elementary School was built in 1939. The new kindergarten through grade five school would replace the present k-fourth-grade facility. It would save about 120 Warm Springs fifth graders from taking a half-hour bus ride each way from the reservation to Jefferson County each day. It also will be the first school construction – besides portable units – since additions to Warm Springs Elementary in the mid-1950s, said Tribal Chairman Olney Patt Jr. The $8 million project will be jointly financed by the tribe and the district, sharing the construction costs. The county will not have to raise taxes to pay for the project, the district business manager said. The new school will house about 600 students and the tribes plan to open the facility in September 2003.