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The $4.05 million upgrade will help the Beaverton school bring in new staff to reduce classroom size.

COURTESY PHOTO: BEAVERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT - An aerial view of the proposed location for new classrooms at Vose Elementary School.

Vose Elementary School is slated to see a welcome upgrade next summer.

The school building on Southwest Denney Road first opened its doors in 2016, replacing the old building that was torn down.

This summer, both the Beaverton school board and planning commission approved a project that will renovate one classroom and add an additional four, according to the project application.

The classrooms will add an additional 4,950 square feet at Vose Elementary, raising the overall school size to 87,950 square feet.

The purpose of these new classrooms isn't to increase the school's now-750-student capacity, but rather reduce classroom size and accommodate for more teachers, said Frank Angelo of Angelo Planning Group, who is helping lead the project.

Vose was initially designed to have a 750-student capacity and 30 students per classroom, according to planning documents. It was based on the district's Staffing Allocation Methodology, which didn't anticipate the opportunity for additional resources and staff.

"With a recent update of the SAM and additional resources from the Student Success Act, an increase in staffing for higher-poverty schools to achieve a reduction in class size is now possible," a project narrative explains. "This opportunity to increase staffing and reduce class size has precipitated the need for additional classroom space."

The renovation will also include pedestrian walkways and exterior lighting.

The project is estimated to cost $4.05 million. It will be paid for with the money left over from a $680 million construction bond voters approved in 2014, said Beaverton School District spokesperson Kara Yunck.

The additions will allow Vose Elementary to increase its staffing, potentially from 77 to 82 once the renovation is complete.

The opportunity for more teachers and staff is possible due in part to additional resources from the Student Success Act, which passed in 2019. That law provides a more than $1 billion infusion to K-12 schools and early childhood education annually.

The purpose of the Student Success Act was, in part, to improve educational opportunities for students in historically underserved communities.

Construction of the new classrooms at Vose Elementary is expected to begin in summer 2022.


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