Canby makes progress on school bond projects
In 2020, voters passed a bond measure allowing the Canby School District to invest $75 million into its schools to repair aging buildings and expand educational opportunities.
In the last two years, Canby has made steady progress toward completing projects and will begin its biggest undertaking: a new, $35 million science and general education wing at the high school to replace the current wing.
The 50,000 square-foot wing will house modernized classrooms, meeting rooms, shared learning spaces and common areas. Demolition began the week of April 18 and won't impact students at this time.
The school is set to host a groundbreaking ceremony on June 8 just after school to kick off construction of the new wing. The district anticipates that the new wing will open in the summer of 2023, according to CSD Communications Director Kristen Wohlers.
Also at the high school, a new turf multi-purpose field, as well as new turf softball and baseball infields were installed in time for spring sports to begin. Lights will be installed on those fields in early May. Additionally, the school will see improvements made to the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system as well roof repairs.
Work at three Canby elementary schools, Eccles, Knight and Trost began last summer. Each got new play structures with SofTile surfacing for accessibility and fall protection. New entryways were also constructed at each school, with updated reception areas and added security. Other work included HVAC improvements, ADA-accessible bathroom updates and flooring upgrades.
The school district is hosting open houses at each of the elementary schools with before and after photos and architects available to answer any questions for community members:
The remaining K-6 schools, Lee and Carus, will also get new secure entry vestibules this summer. Both schools, plus K-8 Ninety-One School, will see new playground equipment with SofTile flooring. Lee will also see the addition of a career and technical education classroom.
"We are really excited about this and are hopeful that this will be the first of many CTE spaces in our schools," Wohlers said.
Baker Prairie Middle School will also see an improved entry and reception area, improved lighting and roof repairs.
Across the district, classrooms will receive upgraded technology. This will include mounted projectors, synced clocks, card readers, updated bell and public address systems, and fire alarms.
Work is currently underway at the district office as well to repair the roof, replace the HVAC, windows and flooring.
There is no shortage of projects happening at the district over the next year as CSD works to complete these bond projects. The bond maintained 2019 tax rates and the state awarded the school district a $4.7 million matching fund grant as well.
"We are working hard every day to put those dollars to good use," Wohlers said.
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