Volunteers help pack up Sojourner, Clackamas elementary schools
by: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN Sojourner School PTA President Alicia Hamilton (left) helps volunteers load up school items Friday afternoon to take to Linwood Elementary in Milwaukie.

Volunteers from local churches, along with other folks from the community, helped move loads of public school equipment and supplies this past weekend to new homes within the North Clackamas School District.

Using volunteers to make such moves saves the district a lot of money, according to NCSD officials, and was designed to get the job done over just two days.

The schedule had materials moving from Sojourner School on Oak Grove Boulevard to Linwood School on Linwood Avenue, along with stuff from Clackamas Elementary on S.E. 92nd Avenue going to Bilquist Elementary on S.E. Webster Road.

After unloading those items picked up from Clackamas at Bilquist on Saturday morning, volunteers were then moving stuff from Campbell Elementary on S.E. 47th Avenue to Scouters Mountain Elementary on S.E. 172nd Avenue.

The NCSD board voted July 7 not to lease out Campbell or the nine-classroom wing at Sojourner at this time but to explore leasing out Clackamas Elementary to either Cascade Heights Charter School or the Micha-El Waldorf School for this coming fall. Both of these schools are looking for more space to accommodate their student's needs.

Board members acted on a staff recommendation not to lease out the other two facilities at this time because of unknowns regarding full-day kindergarten. The Oregon Legislature adopted proposals this past session which could change the district's plans, and the board has indicated a desire to reopen the closed schools if such a move should become feasible.

Due to concerns about security at the now-closed elementary school facilities, the board members also agreed on July 7 to explore investing in security systems to augment those already in place. Security staffers are regularly checking the buildings and there are alarms and motion detectors in use.

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