PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Beaverton School District broke ground Tuesday on the first of 7 new schools in the area, all made possible by the passage of last year’s $680 million school construction bond measure.
“I think most people are really excited about it,” Holly Spence said. “I’m excited about it, I know we are.”
Spence, a dog walker, often travels up and down NW 118th Avenue, the street that will go right in front of the new school. Despite some concerns, she said she thinks the street will be a pretty safe area for children.
“I think we’ve learned to go pretty slow on this road because people used to go down that hill pretty quickly,” Spence said. “But it hasn’t been an issue lately.”
Maureen Wheeler with the Beaverton School District told KOIN 6 News they’ll use what they’ve learned at other locations to help establish a safe environment for students at the new middle school.
“Sunset High School is on Cornell Road — it’s a heavily traveled road as well — and so there are school zones that during certain times of the day, there are lighted crossings. So I think you’ll see a number of things that we’ll have to comply with.,” Wheeler said.
During the lunch hour at Sunset High School, in addition to photo radar, there are blinking pedestrian crossing signs that slowed nearby traffic.
The district said the new middle school will be a “swing school”, which means students from several other schools will swing through there while their old school buildings are demolished and rebuilt. Those schools include Vose, William Walker, Hazeldale and the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy.
Afterwards, the school will house 1,100 students in grades 6-8. It will become Beaverton’s ninth middle school.
The new school is set to open in September 2016.