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Program Moves: Yujin Gakuen Elementary School

Local voters approved a bond measure in November 2018 to fund capital improvements at every 4J school and replace North Eugene High School, Edison Elementary School, and Camas Ridge Elementary School with high-quality facilities built for school safety, modern seismic standards, sustainability, and 21st-century education.

Construction will begin soon on the new school building for North Eugene High School. The new high school will be built on the west end of the school property, where the former Silver Lea Elementary School building is located now. This is a terrific investment in the North Eugene region, but will require the removal of Silver Lea, which currently houses Corridor and Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary School.

Yujin Gakuen has moved to co-locate at the Kelly Middle School building and connect K–8 with the middle school grades of the Japanese immersion program already located at Kelly. The long-term location of the program is still to be determined.

Corridor Elementary School had been planned to move to a wing of the existing North Eugene High School building. However, facing significantly changed economic circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic and Corridor’s decreased enrollment, the school board decided to close the small alternative elementary school at the end of the 2019–20 school year.

Project Updates

Yujin Gakuen Project News (Click to expand)

Demolition Begins at North Eugene Site (11.20.20)
Kelly Renovations to Welcome Yujin Gakuen (08.24.20)
Goodbye, Silver Lea: Last Look at School Building (06.11.20)
Corridor Elementary School to Close in June (06.04.20)
Board Holds Virtual Community Forum on Corridor Elementary (05.26.20)
School Board Update Dec. 18, 2019 on YG–Kelly Move (12.18.19)
School Board Update Recording Dec. 18, 2019 on YG–Kelly Move (12.18.19)
School Board Update Recording Dec. 18, 2019 (12.18.19)
School Board Update Dec. 18, 2019 (12.18.19)
School Board Update Recording Dec. 4, 2019
School Board Update Dec. 4, 2019 on Program Moves (12.04.19)
School Board Update Dec. 4, 2019 on Program Moves (12.04.19)
School Board Update Dec. 4, 2019 on Program Moves Recording (12.04.19)
Planning for Program Moves (10.15.19)
School Board Update Oct. 2, 2019 on Program Moves & School Construction (10.02.19)
School Board Update Recording Oct. 2, 2019 on Program Moves & School Construction (10.02.19)

Design & Build

In fall 2019, after requesting and considering input from staff and parents, the determination was made regarding where the elementary school will be located within the host school building. The Yujin Gakuen Elementary School classrooms are grouped in the westside of the Kelly school building. Significant building renovations were made to provide suitable space for both programs. The Yujin Gakuen Elementary School area of the building includes a separate drop-off/pickup location or entrance, appropriately sized restroom facilities, a new playground and secure fencing around the outdoor hard-play surface.

Transition Team Updates 

Periodic meetings and other communications with staff and parents at Corridor, Yujin Gakuen, Kelly and North Eugene were held from spring 2018 to fall 2019 to provide consistent information updates and seek input on the initial planning for these programs’ relocation.

During the school year leading up to the move, the schools’ transition teams engaged in detailed operational and facilities planning and provided updates to school staff and parents throughout the planning process.

YG–Kelly: 
Frequently Asked Questions
Transition Team Updates
Staff & Parent Input on Building Configuration

 

Timeline 

Yujin Gakuen moved to its new location in summer 2020.

  • Spring 2018: Locations determined for relocating YG and Corridor Completed
  • Fall 2018: Bond measure approved by voters Completed
  • Winter–Spring 2019: Discussions with staff and parents about next steps Completed
  • Fall 2019: Determination of locations within host buildings Completed
  • 2019–20: Planning and preparation for school moves Completed
  • Spring 2020: School board decision to close Corridor Completed
  • Summer 2020: Renovations at Kelly Completed
  • Summer 2020: Relocation of YG to Kelly Completed
  • Fall 2020: Demolition of Silver Lea building  Completed
  • 2020–23: Construction of new North Eugene building In Progress
  • Fall 2023: New North Eugene building opens
  • TBD: Long-term location of Yujin Gakuen

About the 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, including new student technology, updated instructional materials, accessibility and equitability enhancements, security upgrades, and building repairs.

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