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District moves forward with Hallinan classroom; will host community learning events

Hallinan classroom construction moves forward

At a Feb. 25 school board meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve a classroom remodel contract for a temporary classroom at Hallinan Elementary. The temporary classroom currently houses 22 fifth grade students, slightly less than the school's average class size.

The classroom, which was formerly used as storage, was chosen as a temporary solution to surging enrollment at Hallinan in August 2018. The district originally planned to deal with the additional students by blending fourth and fifth grade classes at the school, but reversed course quickly in response to a barrage of parent complaints.

Instead, they chose to teach 22 students fifth graders in the temporary classroom. "We figured out we will be able to repurpose a storage area in the school. It will be undergoing construction to install windows and bring it up to fire code," Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Schiele told parents last August. "In the meantime, we have Room 21, where a class of 22 fifth-graders will be housed until that construction is complete."

Eight months later, the construction will finally begin. The school board approved a $131,898 classroom remodel contract with JDL Construction.

The construction of the classroom will be funded by the $187 million school bond, and will proceed ahead of the larger renovations to Hallinan.

District to host community learning events

The Lake Oswego School District is holding a number of "LO Learns" community events this month. According to Director of

Communications Christine Moses, the events are a chance to hear from the experts about what is happening in the schools.

The following events will be held in April:

Social-Emotional and Mental Health in School

Tuesday, April 9, 7 to 8 p.m. at the Westridge Elementary School library (3400 Royce Way). The guest speakers will be school counselors Diana Grindea (K-5), Marcy Watts (6-8), and Lee Brown (9-12).

School Safety and SRO Duties

Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. to noon at Oak Creek Elementary (55 Kingsgate Rd). Guest speakers include School Resource Officer Bryan Sheldon and Dale Jorgensen, Lake Oswego's Chief of Police.

STEM/Computer Science in the 21st Century

Saturday, April 27, 10 to 11 a.m. at Forest Hill Elementary (1133 Andrews Rd). The guest speakers will be Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs) Larry Zurcher and Chris Hesselbein.

Date is set for groundbreaking of the new Lakeridge Junior High

The groundbreaking ceremony for the rebuit Lakeridge Junior High will take place at the site Thursday, April 11 at 5 p.m.

The school is being rebuilt as part of the $187 million bond measure approved by voters in May 2017. Estimated cost of the new 141,000-square-foot junior high: $68.2 million.

Demolition of the former Bryant Elementary School on the site began in January, and if all goes according to plan, students and staff should be able to move in during late summer 2020 and start the fall term in their new school.

More details to come on the groundbreaking ceremony as they are released. For information about the new junior high and the school bond, visit www.losdschools.org/bond/.


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