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New Schools Coming Soon: Design & Construction Update Meetings

Bond project updates:
Feb. 4: Arts & Technology Academy
Feb. 11: River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary

Designs are complete and construction will soon get underway on new buildings for Arts & Technology Academy and River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School, thanks to voters’ approval of the 2013 school bond measure.

Families, neighbors and community members are invited to get an update on these school replacement projects at a pair of community meetings in February. Participants in each meeting will see the final design for that school, hear what to expect in the construction schedule, get an update on initial work so far, and have the opportunity to talk with the school principal and members of the design team.

School Design & Construction Update Meetings

Arts & Technology Academy 
1650 W. 22nd Ave., in the cafeteria
Thursday, Feb. 4, 6–7 p.m.

River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School
120 W. Hilliard Lane, in the library
Thursday, Feb. 11, 6–7 p.m.

When the new schools open in fall 2017, they will provide better learning environments for students and will cost less to operate than the old buildings.

The new Arts & Technology Academy building will be primarily new construction around some renovated portions of the existing building. The design and layout of the new building support Arts & Technology Academy’s innovative instructional program that integrates hands-on learning of science, technology, engineering, math and the arts throughout the curriculum.

The new River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School building, sited to the west of the current building, will provide a 21st century learning environment for teachers and their students, who learn to read, write and speak in both English and Spanish.

School Bond Measure

In May 2013, voters in Eugene School District 4J resoundingly passed a $170 million school bond measure to provide funding for 4J school improvements, including replacing four of the district’s oldest school buildings with new buildings at the same sites.

The new Howard Elementary School and Roosevelt Middle School are well underway in their construction and will open in fall 2016. The new River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School and Arts & Technology Academy (at the site of the former Jefferson Middle School building) will open in fall 2017. Sustainable building concepts that conserve energy and maximize the wise use of resources are incorporated into every new school building.

The bond measure also is paying for improvements at every 4J school, including new student technology, updated instructional materials, security upgrades, building repairs, and more.

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