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District considers unified middle school

It's one of the options under review for old high school building

Curious what will happen to the current Sandy High School when the new one opens later this year?

The facility task force, an advisory committee to the school board, is meeting twice a month to develop a long-range plan for Oregon Trail School District facilities, including the old high school.

The next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Firwood Elementary School. Meetings are open to the public and listed on the Oregon Trail School District's calendar.

As the committee reviews district facilities and program needs, it will develop a long-range plan to present to the school board in June 2012.

Ideas the committee has explored for the old high school include combining all three middle schools in the district into one central middle school, moving all districtwide departments into the facility and creating a satellite campus for Mt. Hood Community College.

Posted on the district website are three documents related to the possible conversion of the old high school to a middle school, including a diagram of the current high school facility and how it could function as a middle school.

Julia Monteith, Oregon Trail School District spokesperson, said the committee, which has met since October, is still in its researching phase. She said the committee would hear updated figures from the Portland State University population study soon, which will affect planning.

Minutes from the past several meetings have focused around the needs for middle school programs and the possible conversion of the old Sandy High School to a central middle school.

To read more about the facility task force, visit the school board section of oregontrailschools

.com.