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Chinese Immersion Elementary School Settles Into New Home

Growing language immersion program moves to new location at Kennedy Middle School

Eugene School District 4J’s Chinese Immersion Elementary School has begun the 2021–22 school year in its new location in the Kennedy Middle School building. Over the summer, an underused portion of the middle school was retrofitted for younger students to house the growing language immersion program.

The Chinese immersion program is expanding as planned by one grade each year to become a K–12 program in the Churchill region. In 2021–22, Chinese Immersion Elementary School welcomed its first fifth-grade class. The middle school program will continue at Kennedy Middle School, and when the program expands to the high school level, grades 9–12 will be located at nearby Churchill High School.

While the Chinese immersion program had been co-located with Family School at the Crest Drive school site since its inception in 2017, it was always the plan to later move some or all grades to another site. As the program neared outgrowing the space at Crest Drive, the district worked with staff and parents to determine the next location for the elementary-level language immersion program. It was decided in spring 2020 to relocate the elementary program to the spacious Kennedy building where the middle-level immersion program will be offered.

Bridgeway Contracting LLC was selected to complete the necessary renovations at Kennedy. They converted middle school spaces to provide elementary classrooms, added new classroom sinks, installed a new playground, added security fencing, and completed restroom improvements to accommodate younger, smaller elementary students.

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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