North Clackamas breaks ground on Cannady Elementary
On May 24 North Clackamas School District officials celebrated breaking ground on Beatrice Morrow Cannady Elementary School in the Happy Valley/Damascus area.
The school will be named after Cannady (1889-1974), the first black woman to graduate from law school in Oregon, so students will be inspired by her historic efforts as a "goodwill ambassador between races."
Cannady was noted for her local civil rights activism in the early 20th century using her position as editor of The Advocate, Oregon's largest African-American newspaper at the time.
Last year NCSD purchased the last approximately 2.4 acres it needed for the elementary-school property for $230,000. NCSD purchased 7.96 acres on Vogel Road for $1.58 million in 2008 using money from the prior bond.
Construction on the new $36.9 million Vogel Road elementary school will continue through August 2019, officials say. The new elementary school is part of NCSD bond promises to the community when voters passed the $433 million bond in 2016.