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The new Troutdale, Wilkes and Fairview buildings will welcome students in the fall

OUTOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - The old Troutdale Elementary School, which was built in 1926, is being demolished. The new two-story school will be ready for students in September. Troutdale, Fairview and Wilkes elementary schools are being demolished this week to make way for the school's new playgrounds, ball fields and parking lots where the buildings once stood.

The three shiny, new elementary schools built on the old playgrounds are almost finished and will be ready for students in September.

OUTOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - The front steps of Troutdale Elmentary lead nowhere. New playgrounds, ball fields and parking lots will be built where the old school stood. The Reynolds School District replaced Troutdale, Fairview and Wilkes elementary schools as part of a building program paid for by a $125 million bond voters approved in May 2015. Reynolds High School was also renovated and expanded. Other district schools got safety and security upgrades.

OUTOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Starting from the back of the school, Fairview Elementary School is being demolished. As soon as students left in June for summer vacation, workers wasted no time in stripping and preparing the schools for demolition.

The three past-their-prime 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 older students on the second floor of the new schools.

Wilkes elementary is at 17020 N.E. Wilkes Road, Fairview is at 224 Main St. and Troutdale is at 648 S.E. Harlow Ave.

For up-to-date information and additional photos of the Reynolds bond projects, visit reynolds.k12.or.us/bondprojects.

OUTOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - The Fairview Eagles will fly into their new school in September and playgrounds and parking lots will be on the site of the old school. OUTOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Workers begin to demolish Wilkes Elementary School as a new school is being finished in the background.

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