Parents, students rally to save school at risk of closing

Corridor Elementary School has around 200 students with an emphasis on small class sizes and the performing arts.

Posted: May 16, 2020 5:53 PM
Updated: May 16, 2020 6:29 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Budget cuts as an unforseen side-effect of coronavirus have hit our schools extra hard; one of those schools being Corridor Elementary in North Eugene which is at risk of closing down.

Saturday, dozens of families and staff rallied at the school in North Eugene to make their voices heard that they want this school to stay.

"I'm a respiratory therapist at one of our local hospitals and what I find worrisome is that they are talking about closing schools and increasing class sizes all over the 4J district because every student at Corridor comes from across the 4J district," said Briana Wamsley, a 4J mother. 


Corridor only has around 200 students and has an emphasis on small class sizes and the performing arts.

Current and former students told KEZI they learned about friendship at the school and gained confidence they don't believe they would have at any other school.

Every student who goes to Corridor has elected to go there, drawing in students from across Eugene. 

Teachers say the regression these students will face if they are forced to move schools is "inequitable".

"It's a very close community," said Special Education Teacher Jennifer Slater. "It's not like any other school in the district and we need to preserve it. I think they need to find a different way to balance the budget and not at student expense."

Superintendent Balderas said that voter-approved bond construction measures like the new North Eugene High School are still on track-- but parents say they believed Corridor would benefit from the expansion of the school and they don't think the levy wouldn't have passed if they knew the school could be cut.

Corridor students were supposed to move into a new wing of the new North Eugene High School this year.

A spokeswoman with the district says no action or recommendation has been made yet and the future of the school will be discussed at Wednesday's school board meeting.

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