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Corvallis School District considers replacing Hoover Elementary School

Corvallis School District is considering replacing Hoover Elementary School.

Posted: Nov 9, 2017 7:58 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Corvallis School District is considering replacing Hoover Elementary School.
The school was built in 1969 and is one of the newest elementary schools in the district, but it could be the next one to be flattened and replaced.

Brenda Downum, communications coordinator for Corvallis School District, said a facility planning committee is considering the idea. The committee consists of community members and representatives from each school.

Over the last few months, the committee collected feedback from the community. That feedback is related to ways in which they could improve the learning environment across the school district.

Hoover Elementary's principal Anne Marie said the layout of the building is outdated for the safety standards they have today.

"We have a lot of schools that have modular units like we have here at Hoover and in those units kids don't have access to running water to be able to do their projects," she said. "They have to come into the building to go to the bathrooms."

District officials admit the school needs work, especially relating to space and safety concerns.

Some want to add a gym that currently serves as a gym and cafeteria. That would cost more than $6 million.

"As they are looking at each of the different buildings they are trying to look at what we need to do to be able to bring our buildings into the space where they are going to work for the next 40-50 years," Marie said.

The committee is looking at the options closely, and some wonder if replacing the school would be a wise investment for a school that is already 48 years old. Others feel the money may be better spent replacing the entire school for $36 million.

All these options and more were discussed Wednesday night. Decisions need to be reached before a bond proposal goes to voters as soon as May.

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