EUGENE, Ore. -- After nearly a century of use, Eugene School District 4J plans to replace Edison Elementary School and officials are meeting with the community to allow them to weigh in on the design.
The money for the new building is coming from the school bond measure voters passed in November.
The current building, which was first built in 1926, is the oldest school in the district, and it is set to be demolished. District spokesperson Kerry Delf said the new school will be built with student safety in mind with modern seismic standards and 21st-century classrooms.
"School buildings now are generally built with the ability to regroup students in different groups to do different learning activities," Delf said.
Delf said they plan to move students to a temporary school on 29th Avenue and Lincoln Street at the end of the 2020 school year and move into the new building by the start of the 2022 school year.
But before school leaders start building, they are hearing from the community to get their thoughts on design ideas.
During a meeting on Monday, parents of Edison Elementary students and surrounding neighbors met with district leaders to identify what they would like to see. Some said they like the old brick building, and some of the designs ideas call for reusing it.
Maryl Barker lives right next to the school. She said the current school has a lot of character with it's small domes on the roof, and she's hoping the new school fits well with the neighborhood.
"The school is really well loved by the community," Barker said. "A lot of the people I know went to school there as kids, and their kids went there and now their grandkids, so we really hope to keep it as a community school."
District officials plan to hear from the public again and give an update on Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. at Roosevelt Middle School. The school district also plans to replace buildings at Camus Ridge Elementary and North Eugene High School.
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