4J Shows off New School Design

4-8 howard elementaryEUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School District rolled out its plans for the new Howard Elementary School. The design came with some criticism from parents.

Architects stood before parents and community members Tuesday night explaining the design progress.

The new building will serve 600 students, about twice as many as it does now. Technology in the classrooms will be updated and kids will enjoy a new library.

While parents appreciate the updated technology, some are concerned, specifically about the large windows planned for the front of the building.

“You get young kids who are easily distracted and they look outside,” said Michael Fitch. “With regular windows you’re going to have that. With floor to ceiling windows, that’s a lot of viewing area.”

Other parents say their kids were just ready to the building up and finished.

“My younger child is pretty excited because he gets to be on the second floor when it opens up,” said Suzanna Fitch.

Contruction’s expected to start later this fall, with the building ready to use by late-summer of 2015.

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