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4J school district scraps Camas Ridge relocation possibility

During their work session on Wednesday evening, board members decided to narrow down the options of what to do when considering construction options for two elementary schools.

Posted: Apr 3, 2019 11:27 PM
Updated: Apr 4, 2019 12:12 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A decision by the Eugene 4J school board on Wednesday evening put some parents' minds at ease, knowing their kids' school won't be moved to another location.

During their work session, the school board decided to eliminate two possibilities in the construction plans for Camas Ridge and Edison Elementary schools.

Originally, one of the options was to co-locate both schools on the Camas Ridge campus by building the new Camas Ridge school building and moving Edison to the old building.

However, a school board member said that engineers told the board that wouldn't be possible because the site isn't level and leveling it out would cost the district more money.

A second option was to relocate Camas Ridge to another site, possibly near Market of Choice on 29th Avenue, and use their old building to house Edison while their new school was being built.

Many parents said they didn't like that option because it would take their children's school out of their neighborhood.

After hearing the outcry from parents, the school board eliminated those two options on Wednesday evening.

Now, the school board will consider options to temporarily relocate Edison Elementary, allowing them to tear-down and construct a new Edison Elementary.

This will also give the district more time to figure out a solution for Camas Ridge.

4J parent Katie Laughlin said she and other parents that attended Wednesday's meeting are grateful to the school board for listening to them and working to find solutions that benefit everyone.

"We appreciate that you understand the value and importance of neighborhood schools for safe walkable and bikeable routes to schools, traffic issues and livability and quality of life," Laughlin said.

There will be a community forum at Roosevelt Middle School on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. where community members can offer their feedback on the decisions made by the school board and help the board further shape the plans for both schools.

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