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District flips elementary school rebuilding schedule

Work on Hazeldale jumps ahead of William Walker to better match Cedar Hills Park construction

The Beaverton School District has switched the order it will rebuild older elementary schools to avoid excess disruption.

The new plan is to rebuild Hazeldale Elementary School in Aloha during the 2017-18 school year, a year earlier than originally planned. During that academic year, Hazeldale students will be bused to a future middle school in the Cedar Mill area.

William Walker Elementary in the Cedar Hills area originally was going to be rebuilt in 2017-18, but district officials said it will cause less disruption for that work to be postponed one year to the 2018-19 school year.

That is because delaying the school district’s work would allow them to better synchronize construction with the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s schedule to rebuild adjoining Cedar Hills Park, which will include a new Cedar Hills Boulevard access to both the park and school and shared athletic fields and other open spaces.

Work on the park project would be more disruptive if students were at William Walker rather than in their temporary year in Cedar Mill, school officials determined.

Before either of those projects, Vose Elementary School will be torn down this summer and rebuilt during the coming 2016-17 school year.

The final school slated for a rebuild under the district’s voter approved bond is the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA), where the academic building will be rebuilt in 2019-20.

After four years as a temporary school during the rebuilds, the Cedar Mill campus will become a middle school in September 2020.

Construction on that new campus off Northwest 118th Avenue, north of Barnes Road, is continuing with finish work and landscaping in progress.