Four of the district’s oldest, most inefficient school buildings will be replaced or renovated over the next few years, thanks to voters’ approval of the 2013 school bond measure.
River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School is one of the four schools that will be replaced. The current River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School was built in 1953 and is in poor condition. The new school will provide better learning environments for students and will cost less to operate.
The new school 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. The light-filled two-story structure will provide ample room for classrooms and common spaces while maximizing adjacent open space for outdoor learning, play areas and athletic fields. The design team, PiVOT Architecture of Eugene in association with DOWA-IBI Group of Portland, worked with a staff and community design advisory committee and sought input from students, parents, staff, neighbors and the public in developing the design of the new school.
The new building will be sited to the west of the current school building. Site preparation was mostly completed in summer 2015 while students were gone and the weather and ground conditions were right. The west end of the existing school’s gym was removed to make space for construction of the new school. Students will continue to use the reduced-size gym until the new building is completed. Construction of the new building will begin in spring 2016.
The new River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School will open in fall 2017.