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French American International School plans expansion

Long-sought expansion plans are moving forward at the French American International School, located off Northwest Cornell Road just outside of Washington County.

The city of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services will meet with school officials this week to review plans to build a 21,100-square-foot middle school building on the campus at 8500 N.W. Johnson St.

According to the school's website, the middle school is the first of three phases in the project that will eventually will include new buildings to replace portable structures for all students, who range from preschoolers through eighth-graders. The work will be spread out over several years, with construction on the first phase coming as early as 2017.

The unspecified cost will be covered by fundraising and financing.

The French language immersion program has about 550 students.