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Hazeldale will reopen next September as part of the district's $680 million bond measure of 2014.

TIMES PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - Students of Hazeldale Elementary School break ground on the site where their old school had been standing. The new one opens next September. They are flanked by, from left, Assistant Superintendent Carl Mead and Superintendent Don Grotting, and, at far right, Principal Angela Tran.Check the to-do list for the Facilities Department of the Beaverton School District. "Resting on laurels" isn't there.

Fresh off the ambitious, simultaneous opening of three new schools earlier this month, district officials gathered Saturday to break ground on the new Hazeldale Elementary School, 20080 S.W. Farmington Road. The original school, built in 1948, was torn down over the summer to make way for the third of four "prototype" schools financed by the $680 million bond measure of 2014; at the time, the largest educational bond measure in state history.TIMES PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - Parent Brian Foren walks through the site of the once-and-future Hazeldale Elementary School with, among others, his son Liam, left.

The bond measure is financing three new schools, the demolition and rebuilding of four others, and the modernization and technological upgrades for several more.

And while educators, project personnel and Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle were on hand for the day, perhaps nobody appreciated the project more than second-grader Liam Foren, who looked around at the torn-up earth where his school had been sitting, just last spring.

"It's like ... whoa!" Liam said, pointing to the massive earth-movers in the foreground. He pointed to mounds of overturned earth. "My school was ... there, I think?"

Doyle said the district's building boom — Mountainside High, Vose Elementary and Sato Elementary schools opened earlier this month — is a source of pride for the entire city. "It was a huge bond measure," he said. "I passed by a great margin. And the demographics? One in three families have kids in these schools. That tells you how people in Beaverton feel about education."TIMES PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - State Rep. Margaret Doherty talks with Superintendent Don Grotting at Saturday's groundbreaking.

Vose, Sato, Hazeldale and the next project, William Walker Elementary School, are called "prototype" schools because they are physically almost identical. "By making them the same, you gain equality and equity," said Tim Ganey, principal of DLR Group Architects. "But by the way they're oriented, by their colors in the palette, each one feels unique. That's the whole idea."TIMES PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - Souvenir dirt handed out to those attending Saturday's groundbreaking.

Sheri Stanley, district administrator for facilities development, said the only way to fast-track so many buildings was to create a "swing" school — that's Timberland Middle School, which opened last year under the same bond measure, and which now serves as the temporary home for students while their schools are demolished. Vose students attended Timberland last year; Hazeldale students are going there this year.

"Going to a different school, being bused there: I think the adults were more nervous than the kids," said Hazeldale Principal Angela Tran. "The kids never miss a beat. And for them, Timberland is like a palace!"TIMES PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - Principal Angela Tran, right, greets families at Saturday's groundbreaking.

The new Hazeldale school is set to open September 2018.

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