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Administrative Welcome Note

Superintendent’s Message,

The major changes to the Wasco Union Elementary District that were planned and started four years ago are starting to happen in the district.  Community members, staff, and students will see the following projects as the paperwork ends and construction begins:

At the new school site (James A. Forrest Elementary) at the corner of Griffith and Margalo, north of Route 46, the school site area has been fenced and all environmental testing and concerns have been addressed.  Construction bids will go out in March and by May construction will begin.  A groundbreaking ceremony will be planned for the end of April or beginning of May.

At Palm Avenue, the portables and storage Seatrain on the west side of campus have been removed, and the state has approved final construction plans for the gym and the reconstruction of a middle school office combining the current library and the current office into one building.  This spring, construction will begin on the renovation of two classrooms into a new library area.    Construction bids will go out in March and by May construction will begin. At the beginning of the summer, the office personnel will be relocating to the former special education rooms directly south of the library to enable construction to begin on the office.  The gym will be built simultaneously.  Groundbreaking for this construction will be Thursday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m.

On Griffith Avenue, south of Teresa Burke Elementary School, the new Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation building will also begin to be constructed at roughly the same time.  Bids have been accepted and the building permits are in the final stage.  A groundbreaking date will be set when all permits are completed and approved.

A complete reorganization of the district attendance boundaries will be accomplished for the anticipated completion of the projects to open the 2019-2020 school year.  Public meetings will be held next year to gather input and inform community members of anticipated changes.  The elementary schools will be pre-K through grade 5 and Palm and Thomas Jefferson will be 6-7-8 grades.  Each school will have boundaries set to have 600-630 students.

Thank you,

Kelly Richers, Superintendent