The Woodburn School District will celebrate the completion of the expansion project at Washington Elementary on Tuesday, December 18. The community is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 777 E. Lincoln Street in Woodburn from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and self-tours will be available.
The Washington Elementary expansion project was funded by the bond that was approved by voters in 2015. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in March 2017 after the removal of two houses from the property during the 2016-17 school year.
The construction project included a 2-story addition providing 14 additional classrooms. A new gymnasium was constructed along with a covered play area at Washington Elementary. The former gym was converted to a cafeteria, and a new library was constructed. Safety and technology upgrades were made to the existing school building, as well as seismic improvements. Bathrooms throughout were made accessible to all. The site also includes a new bus turn-around with additional staff parking, as well as underground water lines and access roads for fire department.
The new classroom building was ready for the use of students and staff in September for the 2018-19 school year. The final stage of the project is the removal of the portables that provided classroom space in previous years, which is scheduled for December 12-14.
Voters in the Woodburn School District approved a $65 million bond in May 2015 to fund additional space for students, major repairs and maintenance to schools, improvements to security/technology systems, and accessibility. These projects are scheduled on a five-year timeline through 2020. For more information on bond funded projects, please visit http://www.woodburnsd.org/bond-updates/.