North Gresham dedicated
Hundreds of parents, students, alumni, teachers and community members gathered at North Gresham Elementary School Tuesday night to formally dedicate the new schoolhouse.
"We built this school for the students that are going to change the world, be our future," said Kris Howatt, a Gresham-Barlow School Board member. Howatt and her children attended North.
The school choir sang and dignitaries made remarks. Jim Schlachter, the former superintendent who led the district when the bond passed, was on hand.
Although the North Stars have been attending classes in their new building at 1001 S.E. 217th Ave. since September, the formal dedication wasn't held until Tuesday, Oct. 14.
The new, $30.3 million North is two stories, replacing the 60 year-old single-story building. At 73,500 square feet, it is larger than the old 54,624 square-foot-school. North has 30 classrooms and is designed to educate 550 students. Each room is outfitted with a 70-inch flat panel touch screen designed for interactive classroom work.
The North Star theme is carried out with the names of constellations marking each grade-level area. A snazzy starscape created with fiber optics against a night blue sky graces the library ceiling.
The new gym has a full-sized basketball court.
The school is part of a building program of 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 Schools also was replaced.
Hall and Hollydale elementary schools are getting some new classrooms. All district schools received security and other upgrades.
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