Three area elementary schools torn down
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.
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.
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.