4J Facilities: Rebuild or Replace?

EUGENE, Ore. — Concerns over the condition of 4J schools inspired a community conversation.

Parents and residents were at César Chávez Elementary Thursday night to give input on the district’s aging buildings. About 30 people showed up for the first of four community forums.

First they heard a presentation about the state of the district and their buildings, most of which are more than 50 years old. Then they had the opportunity to pitch in and offer what they think the district should do–renovate or replace.

“I think it’s an absolute shame that they want to close small schools and build them into larger schools. I think that the small schools are better for kids even if the buildings aren’t perfect,” said parent Donna McFarland.

“I really don’t like the idea of rebuilding Roosevelt at the Civic site. It’s only 10 acres. The Roosevelt site is 14 acres. It’s got sports fields, which I think are necessary for middle schools,” said parent Tom Halferty.

The next forum is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 1. For a complete list including times and locations click here.

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