Project is expected to be completed by next spring
WARM SPRINGS, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Jefferson County School District 509J held a groundbreaking ceremony last week to celebrate the start of construction of a six-classroom addition at Warm Springs K-8 Academy.
JCSD 509J staff, administration, board members, students, and community members gathered for the ceremony.
The K-8 Academy was funded in part by the district's 2012 bond and upon completion, the district soon experienced growth in student enrollment in Warm Springs. Immediately, all classrooms in the building were utilized and even some spaces originally designated as community rooms were transitioned into classrooms.
The plans for the six new classrooms will allow the school to shift students into classroom spaces and transition repurposed spaces for their original intended use.
Through the result of several schematic design meetings, the new addition plans to include six new classrooms with support spaces such as a mechanical mezzanine, storage closet, and more.
Located on Warm Springs property along Chukar Road, the design will include water-conscious landscaping, as well as improvements to safety and accessibility of parking lots and pick-up/drop-off operations. The estimated completion and move-in is scheduled for next spring.
Jefferson County School District 509J Superintendent Dr. Jay Mathisen, expressed his excitement for what the six classrooms will provide for the school and community.
“This school is vital to our Warm Springs community, and these six new classrooms will better serve not just students and staff, but the community as a whole," he said. “I am thankful today for the nod of support our district received from voters.”
JCSD 509J passed a $24 million bond in November 2021. The bond is focused on improving health, safety, and security in all of the district's schools, updating and repairing aging facilities, and expanding vocational opportunities.
The community is encouraged to follow the construction progress through the bond website at www.509JSchoolBond.Org.