Improvements coming to every 4J school
New school projects:
In 2011 and 2013, voters in Eugene School District 4J resoundingly passed school bond measures to provide funding for 4J school improvements.
Over the next several years, bond funds are being 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: Classroom technology upgrades are arriving at every school. Bond funds will provide new classroom computers and digital devices for every school as well as infrastructure improvements across the district. Before the bond-funded technology refresh began, more than 40 percent of 4J schools’ student computers were too old to run current software.
Classroom materials: Updated instructional materials will support learning at every grade level. The bond will provide new science, math and writing textbooks and materials, as well as new science lab equipment.
Better buildings: Safety and security upgrades at schools across the district will include entry security, video surveillance and security fencing. At Gilham Elementary School, classrooms will be added and the exterior walkways will be 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 include replacing roofs, flooring and worn-out fixtures; upgrading inefficient building systems; and making other repairs.
New schools: The bond will replace four of the district’s oldest, most inefficient school buildings. Howard Elementary School, River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School, Arts & Technology Academy and Roosevelt Middle School are all more than 50 years old. The new schools will provide better learning environments for students and will 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 will open in fall 2016. The new Arts & Technology Academy and River Road/El Camino del Río buildings will open in fall 2017.
Contractors are building the new schools on the existing sites, while students continue attending school in the old buildings. The old school buildings will be demolished after each new school is completed. The new Arts & Technology Academy building will be primarily new construction around some renovated portions of the existing 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 four more aging schools.
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.
New school projects: