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Most of the old elementary school has been torn down, North Stars will attend new school this fall

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - These are the last classrooms to be demolished at North Gresham Elementary School. There's not much left of North Gresham Elementary School, except for the old, blue sign out front.

On Thursday, July 25, workers were knocking down the last classrooms of the 58-year-old North as the new North school was being finished next door.

Big earth moving machines had already moved in to start smoothing things out so the playgrounds, ball fields and parking lots can be installed where the old North Gresham building once stood. Some driveways and sidewalks have already been finished for the new school.

Last year, the North Stars attended class in the old North Gresham Elementary School at 1001 S.E. 217th Ave., as the new school was being built next door by Bremik Construction.

The new $30.3 million North is two stories instead of one and at 77,200 square feet, it is larger than the old 54,624 square-foot-building. It is designed to serve 550 students.

The new school is part of a building program in the Gresham-Barlow School District funded by a $291.2 million bond voters passed in November 2016.

With that money, Gresham and Barlow high schools are getting major overhauls and East Gresham Elementary School is also being replaced.

Hall and Hollydale elementary schools are getting some new classrooms.

All district schools also received security and other upgrades.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Nor much left of the 58-year-old school but the old blue sign.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - As workers finish the demolition of the North Stars old home, heavy equipment has moved in to ready the ground for playgrounds, ball fields and parking lots.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Finishing the job.


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