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Chinese Immersion Preparing to Move in Fall 2021

Local contractor chosen to renovate Kennedy Middle School for Chinese Immersion program co-location 

Preparations for the program move of 4J’s Chinese Immersion School are underway and the contractor to complete facility improvements has been chosen. Local company Bridgeway Contracting was selected among several proposals to complete the renovations needed at Kennedy Middle School this summer to prepare the Chinese Immersion School’s new home at the middle school site.

The district’s Chinese Immersion School is growing as planned by one grade each year to become a K–12 program in the Churchill region. While Chinese Immersion has co-located with Family School during the program’s early growth years, it has always been planned to later move some or all grades to another site, and it has now outgrown the current space at the Crest Drive site.

After consulting with staff and parents, the determination was made in spring 2020 that the immersion program would relocate to the Kennedy building in 2021. This move will give the immersion school the space it needs to continue to grow and develop, and enrich the offerings at the Kennedy site.

The elementary classrooms will be grouped in one area of the Kennedy school building, with appropriately sized restroom facilities and a new playground. Contractors this summer will convert middle school spaces to provide elementary classrooms, add new classroom sinks, install a new playground, add security fencing, and complete restroom improvements to accommodate elementary students.

The work is scheduled for completion before the 2021–22 school year begins with the Chinese language program located at Kennedy.

The Chinese Immersion program will grow to grades K–8 co-located with Kennedy Middle School. When the program expands to the high school level, grades 9–12 will be located at nearby Churchill High School.

The renovations are funded by the 2018 school bond measure. In November 2018, voters in Eugene School District 4J resoundingly passed a $319.3 million school bond measure to replace three aging school buildings, provide for program moves, and fund improvements at every 4J school, from curriculum to technology to building repairs.

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