Troutdale, Wilkes and Fairview stripped for razing, salvagable fixtures, furniture donated

OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Movers remove furniture from Troutdale Elementary School on Tuesday, June 19, and load it in a shipping container to be donated to organizations in Haiti. Tuesday was moving day at Troutdale Elementary School, as workers loaded old, unneeded, furniture into a container to be donated and shipped to Haiti and stripped the inside of the building to prepare the aged school for demolition.

Similar work also is going on at Fairview and Wilkes elementary schools.

The Reynolds School District is replacing Troutdale, Fairview and Wilkes schools as part of a $125 million building program bond voters approved in May 2015. The bond has supported renovations and expansions at Reynolds High School, while other district schools got safety and security upgrades.

The three elementary schools are under construction next door to the old schools.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - This is the old office at Troutdale Elementary. Workers are stripping the inside of the school to ready it for demolition which will happen over the next few weeks. As soon as students left for the summer, workers wasted no time in dismantling the buildings.

The three old schools will be demolished in the next few weeks, and parking lots, playgrounds and ballfields will be constructed throughout the summer and will be ready for students when they return to school in September.

The three single-story elementary schools are being replaced with striking two-story structures that let in lots of natural light. Younger students will be taught on the ground floor and those in higher grades on the second floor of the new schools.

For up-to-date information and additional photos of the Reynolds bond projects, the district has set up a web page at PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Movers were working at a brisk pace to get the donation container loaded despite late spring temperatures above 80 degrees. OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - The new schools are part of a building program paid for by a $125 million bond voters passed in May 2015.

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