North Clackamas school projects continue over summer
School might be out for summer — or indefinitely — but construction projects on school buildings in the Milwaukie and Happy Valley areas are continuing.
Portable buildings at Milwaukie High School were removed in preparation for the main building being still on schedule for fall reopening, said North Clackamas School District spokesperson Jonathan Hutchison.
Milwaukie El Puente Elementary's construction process seemed to have stopped for at least a week, but Hutchison said the renovation project, also scheduled for completion this fall, "is actually ahead of schedule, so everything is fine."
NCSD's alternative high school in Oak Grove is being demolished to make way for a new 49,350-sqaure-foot building with 23 classrooms. During the 2020-21 school year, students at New Urban High School could attend classes in the adjacent Oak Grove Center annex building and in three portable buildings, which have been installed this summer.
As previously reported, New Urban's construction budget being double what was originally estimated will not affect the overall bond budget. An unexpectedly strong market for governmental bond sales brought in $47 million above the $433 million "face" value approved by voters in 2016, yielding a total of $480 million for the district.
In Happy Valley, a middle school is being converted into NCSD's fourth general enrollment high school named after Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson. Rock Creek Middle School was designed and built in the 2006 bond with the intent to convert it eventually into a high school. The new high school will open in the fall of 2021.
As for students potentially returning to schools in the fall, NCSD will offer two options, a 100% online school model or a hybrid model that will enable students to be in a traditional classroom two days a week and two days a week off-site.
"NCSD acknowledges that there will be many questions, and the district will provide more guidance in the coming weeks," Superintendent Matt Utterback wrote to parents.
A special webpage has been created related to the 2020-2021 reopening and will include a section of FAQs at nclack.k12.or.us.
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