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Program Move FAQ: Corridor to North Eugene

Following are some frequently asked questions about the relocation of Corridor Elementary School to the North Eugene High School building. This FAQ will be updated over time as planning progresses. 

Overview & Timeline 

What is happening and why?

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. This is a terrific investment in the North Eugene region but will require Corridor and Yujin Gakuen elementary schools to relocate from the Silver Lea building. The new high school will be built on the west end of the school property, where the Silver Lea building is located now.

During construction, Corridor Elementary School will move to the current North Eugene High School building, and Yujin Gakuen will move to the Kelly Middle School building.

When will building renovations be made at North Eugene to accommodate Corridor’s relocation?

The building renovation plan will be completed in winter 2019–20 and construction will begin in June 2020.

When will the move happen?

Corridor will move out of the Silver Lea building in June 2020 and move into the North Eugene building in late summer. Classroom moves within the North Eugene building also will happen in summer 2020.

What is an overview of the timeline?

The elementary school programs will move to their new locations in summer 2020.

  • Spring 2018: Locations determined for relocating Corridor and YG Completed
  • Spring 2018: Discussions with staff and parents about relocation Completed
  • Fall 2018: Bond measure approved by voters Completed
  • Winter–Spring 2019: Discussions with staff and parents about next steps Completed
  • Early Fall 2019: Discussions and input from staff and parents about locations within host buildings Completed
  • Fall 2019: Determination of locations within host buildings Completed
  • Early Winter 2019: School transition teams formed to plan and prepare for school moves Completed
  • 2019–20: Detailed planning and preparation for school moves In Progress
  • Summer 2020: Renovations at North Eugene and Kelly
  • Summer 2020: Relocation of Corridor and YG to new spaces
  • Summer 2020: Demolition of Silver Lea building 
  • 2020–21: Start of site prep for new North Eugene building
  • Fall 2023: New North Eugene High School opens
  • 2023–24: North Eugene building available for maintenance and renovations before housing school programs

Long-term: After the new high school is completed, the current North Eugene and Kelly buildings will be available for the long-term location of Kelly, Corridor, and Yujin Gakuen, to be determined.

Current building space available for Kelly, Yujin Gakuen and Corridor Future space available for Kelly, Yujin Gakuen, Corridor and other programs

Timeline for program moves and communication as of January 2020

Staff

Will Corridor have its own administrator?

Yes, the principal of Corridor Elementary School next year will be Lavinia Page, who is currently serving as the assistant administrator. The high school has a principal and two assistant principals, separate from the elementary school.

Will teachers have time to move?

Yes, Corridor teachers will be provided with 2 extra paid days to pack their classrooms at the Silver Lea building in June 2020 and 2 days to set up their classrooms at North Eugene in late summer. Teachers at North Eugene who are changing classrooms to accommodate Corridor will be provided with 2 extra paid days to move within the building. Moving assistance will be provided.

Will staff be shared between the schools?

Corridor Elementary School and North Eugene High School will continue to have separate school staff.

Student Interactions

Will elementary and high school students arrive at school and/or leave school at the same time?

No, the school day will start and end at different times for elementary and high school students. Corridor’s class time begins at 7:55 a.m. and high schools begin at 8:30 a.m. Corridor ends class time at 2:25 p.m. (1:10 p.m. on Fridays) and high schools end at 3:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. on Fridays).

What connections and interactions might there be between Corridor and North Eugene students?

There will be little interaction between elementary and high school students. Schedules and activities will be arranged to ensure little routine overlap in daily activities. Elementary students will have adult supervision when moving through the school building to access resources outside of the Corridor wing, in the high school area, including the cafeteria, auditorium, and art kiln room. The co-location offers opportunities for intentional interactions between the two age groups such as classroom helpers, learning projects, and other planned connections, with thoughtful planning and adult supervision.

Space for Corridor at North Eugene buildingWill elementary and high school students arrive and leave through the same entrance?

No, responsive to parent and staff preference, there will be separate entrances for Corridor and North Eugene students. Corridor parents will drop off and pick up students curbside at the southeast side of the building.

Will elementary and high school students have meals together?

Elementary and high school students will have separate meal times. The schools’ administrators will work together to plan the schedule.

Facilities

What are the plans for renovations?

In the Corridor wing, bathrooms will see necessary modifications and hooks and cubbies will be relocated if possible. There are no current plans to significantly update classrooms, add sinks or drinking fountains to classrooms, add garden beds or remove lockers.

The Corridor sign will be moved to the grassy area adjacent to the parking lot entrance of the east lot. Additional wayfinding signage will be installed to help navigate the grounds. Other features of the Silver Lea building, such as the totem pole, require further discussions with staff and other partners.

Renovations will be made in the high school area to provide additional classroom space.

What storage will be available?

Corridor will have designated storage options, possibly including lockers. Some classrooms may have additional cubbies and hooks moved from the Silver Lea building.

What are the plans for recess?

A new playground will be installed just outside of Corridor’s new classrooms to the south. This new playground will be fenced and will feature all-new equipment for the students. No existing play equipment from the Silver Lea building will be relocated. When appropriate, Corridor students will have access to the auxiliary gym, tennis courts and adjacent greenspace during school hours.

What are the plans for parking? 

Corridor parking will be at the south end of the parking lot east of the school, closest to Corridor’s classroom wing. This space will be designated for Corridor staff, parents and visitors and will be identified with signage.

Aerial view of the designated parking, new playground location, and classroom wing for Corridor on the NEHS property.

Communication

How will parents be kept in the loop?

From spring 2018 to fall 2019, periodic communications and meetings were held with staff and parents at Corridor, Yujin Gakuen, Kelly and North Eugene to provide consistent updates and seek input on the initial planning for relocation. The school’s transition teams are now working on detailed operational and facilities planning for the upcoming move. These teams will work to provide updates to school staff and parents at least monthly as planning progresses. For additional bond news, make sure to sign up for the bond news email list by sending an email to bond@4j.lane.edu and follow our Facebook for ongoing updates on all 4J bond projects.

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