Breaking ground in Aurora
North Marion School District officials invite district residents to joint them at a groundbreaking celebration, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the high school, 20167 Grim Road, NE, Aurora.
The groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction on the high school's new 2-story classroom wing. District officials expressed gratitude to the community for volunteering and supporting the 2017 bond, the passage of which made the new wing and pending renovations possible.
In November 2017 district voters approved a $42.2 million bond that provided for facility expansions and upgrades and improved safety. It passed with just over 60 percent of voter support.
The first bond project to be completed was renovating the high school track, which was completed last year and commemorated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 14.
Subsequent plans saw reconfigurations of the primary and middle school parking lots. Improvement plans also call for seismic upgrades at the middle school gym and locker rooms, while most of the bond money will be spent improving the district's oldest building, its 70-year-old high school.
The latter includes the above mentioned two-story wing that will connect the school's main building with the one housing career technical education and art programs.
An underscored vision within the project stressed safety and inclusiveness.
"First of all, everything should be like home; we want kids to be part of a safe and secure environment," North Marion Superintendent Ginger Redlinger told the Woodburn Independent last August. "Secondly, all programs are equally important, so that all kids feel connected to the school and are important to the school. We want to avoid accidental isolation of students from each other — or staff from each other."
District timelines for ongoing projects include a mid-summer completion of the the middle school parking lot's 63 new stalls and streamlined bus routing; hazardous abatement in the locker room. A weight room under construction and seismic work at the high school are anticipated to be completed by the end of the summer.
The high school also stands to see a remodeled CTE building and music wing this summer, and back parking-lot repairs.
The intermediate and primary schools are slated for a new vestibules and front office remodels and new restrooms this summer along with new exterior play areas and covered play structures.