4J to Discuss School Replacement Options

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EUGENE, Ore. — The path to a new middle school to replace one of 4J’s outdated ones could lead right through historic Civic Stadium.

The ballpark is one of two locations for a possible rebuild. But 4J administrators say Wednesday night will be one of the first real discussions they’ve had on the topic so far.

The fate of Roosevelt Middle School is one thing the 4J School Board will discuss. Though it’s early, the options have been narrowed down. They are looking at either rebuilding the school at its current site or at old Civic Stadium.

Roosevelt Middle School was built in the 1950s. Out of all of 4J’s schools, this one is at the top of the list for an extreme makeover.

“The heaters are kind of old. Everything is kind of beat up,” said student Maddie Johnson.

Many parents and students are thrilled that a new building is up for discussion.

“They won’t take action on anything tonight but will discuss the pros and cons of each of these different sites,” said Kerry Delf, 4J Communications Coordinator.

However, most people hope Civic Stadium stays untouched.

“With my team when I was young, we’d go out there and do the half-time stuff on the field. I’d like to see it stay,” Johnson said.

Groups that want to save the space for high-level soccer and a community space agree.

“We want the best for students at Roosevelt as well, but we just don’t think it’s the right approach and the sense I’m getting is that teachers and parents at Roosevelt don’t seem that excited either,” said Dave Galas, United Stadium Group President.

“I like this area and we get to go across the street for lunch so that’s always good,” Johnson said.

4J says it’s simply about options for proximity to south Eugene. Both sites are owned by the district.

“The Civic site is very close to South Eugene. Students and teachers could go back and forth. The Roosevelt location is also close. It’s a bit larger,” Delf said.

In the end, those who have hope in Civic think the option could fall flat.

Delf says tonight could bring a sense of stronger direction for the board or just more discussions. The meeting about Roosevelt starts at 7 p.m. at the 4J Education Center at 200 North Monroe Street.

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