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Out with old, in with new

School building comes down in Banks, gym goes up in Forest Grove


by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: CHASE ALLGOOD - There are some comings and some goings construction-wise in the Forest Grove and Banks school districts this summer in preparation for the coming academic year, which kicks off after Labor Day weekend. In Banks, large portions of the old junior high are coming down in preparation for a new middle school. Superintendent Bob Huston called the demolition and rebuilding - made possible by a $10.5 million bond levy voters approved in May 2012 - a major milestone for the district and the city. I just smile and smile as the demolition progresses, said Huston. We no longer need to waste money on the failing infrastructure and heating system, which have left students and staff bundled up on cold winter days when the boiler went down or heating pipes broke, turning classrooms into smelly saunas. The two-story, 26,000-square foot school is set to open in fall 2014. Meanwhile, in Forest Grove, the finishing touches are being applied to upgrades at the high school, including a brand-new gymnasium, a wing of eight classrooms and remodeling of the cafeteria. Those projects at FGHS, as well as a tear-down and construction of the new Joseph Gale Elementary School, which opened in 2012, were part of a $65.3 million bond in 2010. Work at the high school, which includes substantial re-roofing and security cameras campus-wide, is due for completion in 2014.There are some comings and some goings construction-wise in the Forest Grove and Banks school districts this summer in preparation for the coming academic year, which kicks off after Labor Day weekend.

In Banks, large portions of the old junior high are coming down (top photo) in preparation for a new middle school. Superintendent Bob Huston called the demolition and rebuilding — made possible by a $10.5 million bond levy voters approved in May 2012 — a “major milestone” for the district and the city.

“I just smile and smile as the demolition progresses,” said Huston. “We no longer need to waste money on the failing infrastructure and heating system, which have left students and staff bundled up on cold winter days when the boiler went down or heating pipes broke, turning classrooms into smelly saunas.”

The two-story, 26,000-square foot school is set to open in fall 2014.

Meanwhile, in Forest Grove, the finishing touches are being applied to upgrades at the high school, including a brand-new gymnasium (bottom photo), a wing of eight classrooms and remodeling of the cafeteria.

Those projects at FGHS, as well as a tear-down and construction of the new Joseph Gale Elementary School, which opened in 2012, were part of a $65.3 million bond in 2010. Work at the high school, which includes substantial re-roofing and security cameras campus-wide, is due for completion in 2014.



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