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Improvements coming to every 4J school

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In 2011 and 2013, voters in Eugene School District 4J resoundingly passed school bond measures to provide funding for 4J school improvements.

Over the past few years, bond funds were used to replace four aging school buildings, improve classroom technology, update instructional materials, upgrade security, repair schools, and more. The school board thanks the voters and community for their ongoing support.

Modern technology: Every 4J school received classroom technology upgrades. Bond funds provided new classroom computers and digital devices for every school, as well as infrastructure improvements across the district. Before the bond-funded technology modernization began, more than 40 percent of 4J schools’ student computers were too old to run current software.

Classroom materials: Instructional materials have been updated at every grade level throughout the district. This includes new math curriculum at elementary, middle and high schools, a new and aligned K–8 science curriculum, a newly implemented high school science curriculum, and new writing curriculum for all elementary students. Coming up next, new world language (Spanish, French, Japanese, American Sign Language and Mandarin Chinese) curriculum for middle and high school language programs, as well as K–12 immersion programs!

Better buildings: Safety and security upgrades at schools across the district include entry security, video surveillance and security fencing. At Gilham Elementary School, classrooms were added and the exterior walkways were enclosed. Kelly Middle School’s gravel track and natural turf field has been replaced with all-weather synthetic surfaces. Other building improvements across the district included replacing roofs, flooring and worn-out fixtures; upgrading inefficient building systems; and making other repairs.

New schools: The bond funded the replacement of four of the district’s oldest, most inefficient school buildings. Howard Elementary School, River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School, Roosevelt Middle School and Arts & Technology Academy were all more than 50 years old. The new schools provide better learning environments for students and cost less to operate.

The process of designing the new buildings began in fall 2013 and involved student, parent, staff and community input. The first projects broke ground in 2014. The new Roosevelt and Howard buildings opened in fall 2016. The new Arts & Technology Academy and River Road/El Camino del Río buildings opened in fall 2017.

The new schools were built on the existing sites next to the old buildings. Students attended school in the old buildings, while the new ones were being built! The old school buildings were then demolished after each new school was completed. The new Arts & Technology Academy was built around some renovated portions of the old building.

For more information about each new school project, click on the school’s image on this page or on the link in the blue menu at right.

Long-range plan: The bond measure is part of a long-range facilities plan that guides the district in replacing and renovating outdated school buildings. The plan calls for another bond measure a few years later to replace or renovate more aging schools and to make other improvements.

Accountability: A Bond Review Committee composed of community members with expertise in financial management and construction monitors bond expenditures and projects to help ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.

Learn more: For progress reports and other information, please see Bond News or other links in the menu at right.