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School Rebuilding Plan Community Meeting

Join us April 10 to discuss options for Camas Ridge and Edison Elementary School construction

NOTE: See update on options under consideration at:
https://www.4j.lane.edu/2019/04/camas-ridge-edison-rebuilding-plan-options-narrowed

Thanks to voters who overwhelmingly approved 4J’s 2018 bond measure, planning for new school buildings is getting underway.

This is an exciting time. It also requires some critical decisions to be made soon about how, where and when to rebuild and house students during construction of Camas Ridge and Edison Elementary Schools.

No decisions have been made yet. The school district is exploring possibilities and seeking community input on how to move forward.

Please join us for a community conversation with neighbors, parents and other community members to discuss options and provide input.

Community Conversation: Construction Plan Options
for Camas Ridge and Edison Elementary School 

Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.
Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.
Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be available
(RSVP & invite friends)

School construction plan possibilities that will be discussed include: 

• Construct the new Camas Ridge Elementary School building on the west end of the Camas Ridge site. Temporarily house Edison in the former Camas Ridge building during construction of Edison on the Edison site, then demolish the former Camas Ridge building.

There are many positives to this option, including keeping Camas Ridge in the same location with its established neighborhood connections, and allowing Camas Ridge students to continue attending school on the same site during construction. However, there are also a number of challenges.

Long-term challenges include complications of building on the low end of a hill. Shorter-term challenges include impacts on students, school operations and neighbors—as well as construction process complications—from having active construction and co-location on a small site from 2020 to 2025, with little or no on-site parking for most of that time. Current estimates expect between 650 and 850 students on the Camas Ridge site for the two years of co-location.

 

• Construct the new Camas Ridge building on the former Willard school site at 29th & Lincoln, a mile to the west. Temporarily house Edison in the former Camas Ridge building during construction of Edison on the Edison site, then retain the former Camas Ridge building to house other programs.

The school district owns the Willard site and could build the new school building at that location. A downside of this option is that it would mean moving the Camas Ridge school to a different location a mile away and making adjustments to current school attendance boundaries.

Some positive aspects of this option include short-term impacts such as less disruption to ongoing school operations and to the neighborhood due to construction, and long-term impacts, such as utilizing a high-quality school site in South Eugene and avoiding the complications of building a new school on the lower end of a hill.

 

• Create a temporary location for students, at the Willard site or another location, while the new school buildings are constructed on the existing Edison and Camas Ridge sites.

Possibilities for temporary school space include leasing portable classrooms; renovating the decommissioned Willard school building to make it fit for use and adding portable classrooms to provide enough space for current enrollment; or erecting a durable pre-fabricated building to house schools during construction and provide space for other district programs after construction is completed.

These possibilities each would have significant costs in the millions of dollars, which would reduce the funds available for the new schools and other needed bond improvements.

This option would allow consideration of different construction timelines: If a temporary school site were created, it would allow construction to begin either with Camas Ridge first, followed by Edison (as with the other options), or to begin with Edison first, followed by Camas Ridge.

 

Please join us on April 10 to learn more and share your thoughts. 

No decisions have been made yet. The school district is exploring possibilities and seeking community input on how to move forward. Additional opportunities to engage and provide input will be provided before any decisions are made. 

 

Learn More

See update on options under consideration at:
https://www.4j.lane.edu/2019/04/camas-ridge-edison-rebuilding-plan-options-narrowed

4J Bond Measure Information: www.4j.lane.edu/bond

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