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Gresham community asked to share ideas on what to do with the West Gresham Elementary Building

PMG FILE PHOTO - The West Gresham Elementary School building was closed in 2020.The Gresham-Barlow School District is seeking input from the community on future uses of the vacant West Gresham Elementary School Building. The school closed in 2020.

It served the community for many years until, as part of the 2016 Gresham-Barlow school bond planning process, it was determined that it should no longer be used as a school because of its poor condition and size. At the time, the school district shared it would work with the community to determine how to best repurpose the West Gresham building to maintain this community asset.

The district is considering repurposing the building to house multiple district and community services.

To gather feedback, the District is using a tool called ThoughtExchange so as many people as possible can participate. The ThoughtExchange online discussion is available in a variety of languages including English, Spanish and Russian.

While participating in the discussion, participants will be asked: How could we best use this building and what services might best go in this structure?

During the online discussion, in addition to sharing their thoughts, participants will be asked to consider and assign stars to some ideas shared by others and to learn what's important to the group.

The ratings will help the district understand the community's perspective.

Anyone in the community can participate by visiting the online forum here.

Participation will be open until Feb, 9. Participants who need technical help, with the ThoughtExchange software, can call ThoughtExchange at 1-800-361-9027 or ext. 4 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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